Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: TRM
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: Western Region
State: California
Security Level: Low

Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate there, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution.

Mailing Address

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

FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
Po Box 3007
San Pedro CA, 90731

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to try to visit an inmate at Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution.

Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution
1299 Seaside Avenue
San Pedro CA, 90731

Phone Number

Inmates don’t have phones, so you can’t call your inmate, however, there are times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution.

(310) 831-8961

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to fax your inmate, but there are some times when it may be necessary to know the fax number to the prison.

(310) 732-5325 

Email Address

This email address is the primary email for the prison. You can’t email inmates at this address. If you need to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,111 

Inmate Email

To email a letter to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email message gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal prisoners are allowed to email messages only to persons listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a formal request to recieve and send email messages with a person by putting that person into their contact list.

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

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

Email correspondence must not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. Also, emails cannot be larger than 13,000 characters. Emails that don’t follow these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners do not have access to the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you have to follow when sending mail to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might not make it there.

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

Mail Monitoring

Prison guards will open and read all received general packages and mail. Received general packages and mail can be read as frequently as is necessary to keep safety and security or watch a problem having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the correct format for how you have to address mail to a prisoner at Terminal Island Federal Prison:

FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
Po Box 3007
San Pedro CA, 90731

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 created to provide an account for inmate money and for buying things not provided by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can deposit money to inmate’s 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 the mail and have to send money to the following address and follow the policies written 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 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 funds that don’t have correct prisoner info but only if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks can’t be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send checks or cash.

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 using 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 should 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 menu option 2.
  3. Online with a credit or debit card: Visit www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of 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 federal inmate, the money might not get returned.

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

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are frequently moved to different correctional facilities around the nation, so sometimes you may have to locate the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up 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 rules for prisoner visitation and they get changed frequently. The rules listed here could be out of date when you are reading this, so be sure to also check the prison’s website to find the latest rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard ensures each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when they enter the facility and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Picture 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 things shown below, read the official prison 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 entire Terminal Island Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here: Inmate Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, go to: Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever been incarcerated in Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this prison?

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

Things you can write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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