Oakdale Federal Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Oakdale Federal Detention Center
Prison Code: OAD
Prison Type: Federal Detention Center
Region: South Central Region
State: Louisiana
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Oakdale Federal Detention Center. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to a prisoner at Oakdale Federal Detention Center, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send something to a prisoner to make sure that you correctly address the package or letter, and use the right steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, the package or letter could get sent back.

FDC Oakdale
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 5010
Oakdale LA, 71463

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Be sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page if you are going to visit an inmate here.

Oakdale Federal Detention Center
2105 East Whatley Road
Oakdale LA, 71463

Phone Number

Inmates can’t take phone calls, so you can’t call inmates, however, there are some times when it might be necessary to know the telephone number to the facility.

(318) 335-4466

Fax Number

Oakdale Federal Detention Center inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t fax inmates, but there are some times when it might be necessary to know the fax number to the facility.

(318) 215-2185 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email for the facility. You can’t email inmates at this email. If you are going to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email information below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,516 

Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner at Oakdale Federal Detention Center you must follow an exact process to ensure that the letter gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to receive emails only to persons that are on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a formal request to send and recieve emails with a family member or friend by putting them in their contact list.

All email is subject to monitoring. Prison inmates give consent to email monitoring when they join the system. Inmate contacts give consent to getting monitored when they agree to corresponding with the inmate and are reminded every time that they get an email from the inmate.

When a person is approved you will get an email confirmation which sends them to CorrLink at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Emails must not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. In addition, emails cannot be longer than 13,000 characters. Emails that are not consistent with these rules will not get sent.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that you must follow when sending a letter or package to a federal prisoner. If you do not then the letters and packages might not get delivered.

Before you send anything, make sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Oakdale Federal Detention Center staff do open and read all received general packages and mail. Received general mail may be read as frequently as is necessary to keep safety and security or watch a particular problem regarding inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you have to address a package or letter to a federal prisoner at Oakdale Federal Detention Center:

FDC Oakdale
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 5010
Oakdale LA, 71463

To read the full Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, go to: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was created to provide inmates a bank-like account for prisoner money and for buying things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money into these Commissary accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send prisoners money in the mail and must send it to the following address and follow the rules given below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The money has to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold period, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have correct prisoner info if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be accepted so do not send any cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner with the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent using one of these methods:

  1. At Western Union location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.
  2. On the phone with a credit or debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select phone prompt option 2.
  3. Online with a credit/debit card: Go to www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info has to be included:

  1. Correct Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to that inmate, the money might not get returned to you.

For additional info about how to send an inmate money, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often transported to different correctional facilities around the nation, so you may have to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate an inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every federal prison has its own procedures for visitation and they change frequently. The information listed here may be different by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s official website to get the latest visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures every visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the correctional facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For all of the things shown below, go to the official prison facility website as this info changes frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the complete Oakdale Federal Detention Center Visitation Policy click here: Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a prison job? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, click here: Oakdale Federal Detention Center Jobs


The official website: Oakdale Federal Detention Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Oakdale Federal Detention Center

Have you ever been a prisoner in Oakdale Federal Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

Things you can write in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at Oakdale Federal Detention Center, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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