Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: OAK
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: South Central Region
State: Louisiana
Security Level: Low

Contact Information

Here you have the street address and mailing address for Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner there, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you correctly address the package or letter, and use the correct steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, it could not get delivered.

FCI Oakdale
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Oakdale LA, 71463

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Make sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to visit a prisoner.

Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution
1507 East Whatley Road
Oakdale LA, 71463

Phone Number

Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution inmates can’t take phone calls, so you won’t be able to call the inmate, however, there are times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to the prison.

(318) 335-4070

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have fax machines, so you can’t send a fax to the inmate, but there are times when it might be necessary to know the fax number to the facility.

(318) 215-2688 

Email Address

This email address is the primary email for the facility. You can’t email inmates at this address. If you want to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email section on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   919 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the letter gets to the prisoner.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email letters only from persons listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a request to send and recieve emails with a person by placing that person into their contact list.

All email is subject to monitoring. Prison inmates give consent to email monitoring when they join the program. Family and friends of the inmate give consent to being monitored when they agree to corresponding with the inmate and are reminded every time that they get email correspondence from the inmate.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list you will get an email confirmation which directs them to CorrLink at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email messages may not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. Also, emails should not exceed 13,000 characters. Emails that don’t follow these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a federal prisoner. If you don’t then the letters and packages might be returned to you.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison officials will open and read all received general correspondence. Received general correspondence is read as frequently as is necessary to ensure security or watch a problem regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

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

FCI Oakdale
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Oakdale LA, 71463

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correnspondence, click here: Bureau of Prisons – Correnspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates an account for inmate money and for purchasing things not issued by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources 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 choose to send prisoners money in postal mail and must send it to the following address and follow the steps shows 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 have to be in the form of 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 U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that don’t have correct prisoner info but only if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Checks and cash can’t be accepted so do not send cash or checks.

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

  1. At an agent 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 choose phone promt option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit/debit card: Visit www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info must be included:

  1. Correct and valid 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 the wrong prisoner, the funds might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, check out the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are frequently moved to different prisons around the country, so you might need to find the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to look up an federal 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 prison has its own rules for visitation and these rules change frequently. The information below may be different when you are reading this, so make sure to also go to the facility’s website to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when entering the visitation area and also when they leave.

Identification Required

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

For all of the points shown below, check out the actual prison facility website as this info is changed frequently:

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

To read the complete Guide to Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution Visitation go to: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison before?

If so, go to: Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever spent any time in Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this correctional facility?

If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.

Things you can put in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gang activity
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are an inmate at this prison, leave your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.


  1. Kathryn R says:

    Gee another place to beg for my son. Michael A 1257****.

    As his mother and listening to him beg for me to help him with his back pain, when you can’t do anything, is something I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to go through.



    I WILL FIND WAYS TO GET SOMEONE ‘S ATTENTION to this matter. If he DOES get the MRI:CAT and they find nothing, I’ll leave everyone alone!!! But not until then.

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