Philadelphia Federal Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Philadelphia Federal Detention Center
Prison Code: PHL
Prison Type: Federal Detention Center
Region: Northeast Region
State: Pennsylvania
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Here you have the street address and mailing address for Philadelphia Federal Detention Center. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate at Philadelphia Federal Detention Center, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate so that you correctly write the address, and do the correct procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, the package or letter could get sent back.

FDC Philadelphia
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 562
Philadelphia PA, 19105

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 sections below if you are going to visit an inmate at Philadelphia Federal Detention Center.

Philadelphia Federal Detention Center
700 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA, 19106

Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call the inmate, however, there are some times when it might be helpful to know the telephone number to Philadelphia Federal Detention Center.

(215) 521-4000

Fax Number

Federal inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to send a fax to the inmate, but there are some times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to the prison.

(215) 521-7220 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the primary email for the prison. You can’t reach inmates at this address. If you are going to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,036 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at Philadelphia 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

Prisoners are allowed to email messages only to persons listed on their approved contact list. An prisoner has to make a formal request to recieve and send email messages with a family member or friend by placing them into their contact list.

All email is monitored. prisoners must consent to being monitored when they sign up to participate in the email system. External contacts give consent to email monitoring when they agree to correspondence with the inmate and are notified every time that they get email correspondence from the inmate.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list that person will get an email notification which directs them to CorrLink at
CorrLink Inmate Email System

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

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you must follow when sending a package or letter to a inmate. If you don’t then the mail might not make it there.

before you send a letter or package, you should read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison staff will open and read and inspect all received general mail and packages. Received general correspondence may be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or watch problems having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the proper format for how you need to address mail to a federal inmate at Philadelphia Federal Prison:

FDC Philadelphia
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 562
Philadelphia PA, 19105

To read the full Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, click here: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates a bank type account for inmate funds and for purchasing things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

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

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money through postal mail and have to send funds to the following address and follow the policies 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 the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold, and during this period the prisoner will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Checks and cash cannot be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send any cash or checks.

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

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

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info has to 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, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Inmates are often transported to different correctional facilities around the nation, so sometimes you may have to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Click on 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 federal prison has its own rules for prison visitation and these rules change often. The policies listed here could be out of date by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s official website to get the most recent visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure every visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the correctional facility and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, 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 Guide to Philadelphia Federal Detention Center Visitation go to: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

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

If so, go to: Philadelphia Federal Detention Center Jobs


The official website: Philadelphia Federal Detention Center Website

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

Have you ever been a prisoner in Philadelphia Federal Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you can write in the review:

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

If you are an inmate here, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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