FDC Honolulu Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: March 24, 2021
FDC Honolulu

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FDC Honolulu - General Information

Facility Name: FDC Honolulu
Facility Type: Federal Prison
Address: 351 ELLIOTT ST HONOLULU, HI, 96819
Phone: 808-838-4200
Email: HON/[email protected]
Capacity: 408
Date Established: 2001
Offender Gender: Male and Female Offenders
Security Level: Administrative
BOP Region: Western Region
Judicial District: Hawaii
City: Honolulu
Postal Code: 96819
State: Hawaii
County: Honolulu
Official Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/hon/

FDC Honolulu is commonly known as the Federal Detention Center, Honolulu. The facility is a federal prison. It is situated in Hawaii. The prison can house both female and male inmates of all 5 security levels before and during their court proceedings in Hawaii along with inmates serving out short sentences. The prison is operated and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

Adjacent to FDC Honolulu is the Honolulu International Airport. 

In 2013, there were 300 inmates that ended up being sentenced with Hawaiian law instead of federal law, because there was not enough room for these inmates. 

FDC Honolulu opened their doors in 2001. The first inmates were supposed to arrive at FDC Honolulu in the end of July of the same year. These inmates were previously held in federal prison in the mainland United States. The first few batches of inmates coming to FDC Honolulu were inmates who were in their last 2 years of their sentences. 

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FDC Honolulu is a federal prison. The easiest way to lookup an inmate in federal prisons is going to the BOP website. They have a database where you can search all federal inmates.

Sending a Mail/Care Package

Inmates can receive letters from home. The mailing address is: 

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FDC Honolulu
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 30080
Honolulu, HI 96820

Letters cannot contain glitter, unused writing paper, unused stamps, and unused envelopes. These items must be purchased from the commissary. If these items are found in your letter, they will be discarded.

Sending Money

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To fund a commissary account, you can either use MoneyGram, Western Union, or by sending a money order to the following address: 

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

Remember to put a return address on the envelope. Keep in mind that all non-postal money orders and non-government checks are subjected to a 15-day holding period before they can be processed into an inmate's account.


The last way to stay in touch with an inmate at FDC Honolulu is through email. Email is also through Trulincs.

The email program is funded by the inmate trust fund, which is kept up with purchases from the commissary, the telephone service, and fees paid directly to Trulincs.

Emails are monitored and screened for content not suitable for them.

Admissions and Orientation Handbook

Your first day in prison, you are bombarded with a ton of information. One booklet you will be giving is the Admissions and Orientation (A&O) Handbook. 

This handbook will supply you with general information about the prison itself alongside the prison’s rules, programs, and regulations you will have to follow while you are serving out your sentence. 

It will be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with handbook as it is your responsibility to transition smoothly to prison life. 

The handbook is in English and in Spanish. 

FDC Honolulu Admissions & Orientation Handbook

FDC Honolulu Guía de Admisión y Orientación


The commissary was founded in 1930 by the Department of Justice. The Commissary was placed in all Federal Institutions. 

The commissary allows inmates to shop for “luxury” items while they are in prison. Funds are typically deposited by their friends, families, and their prison jobs. 

Inmates have a spending limit of $360 per month. The commissary is only open on a designated day of the week where they can utilize the shop. 

All federal prisons have their commissary list with prices available to the public. 

List and prices of items sold at the commissary in FDC Honolulu

Legal Activities

Even when in prison, you may still need legal counsel. There are strict procedures one will have to follow to obtain legal reference materials alongside their legal counsel. 

There are also many opportunities to be taken advantage of to afford the proposal of legal documents when behind bars.  

All procedures for legal activities can be located here
Inmate Legal Activities


Inmates can have visitors too. Visitation goes by the housing unit they reside in. The visitation schedule is: 

7:30am to 1:30pm: Housing Unit 4B
2:15pm to 8:15pm: Housing Unit 4A

7:30 am to 1:30pm: Housing Unit 5B
2:15pm to 8:15pm: Housing Unit 5A​

7:30am to 1:30pm: Housing Units 3B & 6B
2:15pm to 8:15pm: Housing Unit 6A

6:15 am to 8:15am: Housing Units 3B & 6B
8:45am to 10:45am: Housing Unit 6A
11:15am to 1:15pm: Housing Unit 5B
2:45pm to 4:45pm: Housing Unit 5A
5:15pm to 7:15pm: Housing Unit 4B
7:45pm to 9:45pm: Housing Unit 4A​

6:15am to 8:15am: Housing Unit 4A 
8:45am to 10:45am: Housing Unit 4B
11:15am to 1:15pm: Housing Unit 5A
2:45pm to 4:45pm: Housing Unit 5B
5:15pm P.M. to 7:15pm: Housing Unit 6A
7:45pm to 9:45pm: Housing Units 3B & 6B​

6:15am to 8:15am: Housing Unit 5A
8:45am to 10:45am: Housing Unit 5B
11:15am to 1:15pm: Housing Unit 4A
2:45pm to 4:45pm: Housing Unit 6A
5:15pm to 7:15pm: Housing Units 3B & 6B
7:45pm to 9:45pm: Housing Unit 4B

How Often Can I Visit?

This will depend on what rank the inmate is. There are three ranks:

Here is the point schedule for visitations:




Visiting Hours

Monday 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Saturday 6:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Sunday 6:15 AM to 8:15 AM
Holiday 6:15 AM to 8:15 AM

The visiting starts in first in, first out type of fashion. No new visitors will be allowed in 45 minutes before the end of the visit day. 45 minutes before the end of the visit day officers start escorting those who were first in out of the visitor room.


Refer the map below to find the driving directions

Prison Life

FDC Honolulu is designed to house up to 695 inmates. As of right now, FDC Honolulu only is housing 447 inmates.

Inmates share a cell with another inmate. There are no one-person cells.

Inmates who are cleared by prison staff and are in good medical health will either have a work assignment or they will be required to enroll in an educational program. Work assignments can be anything from kitchen duty, laundry duty, maintenance, recreation, sanitation, or education.

The Education Department includes GED prep, English as a Second Language, release preparation, post-secondary, adult continuing education, pre-apprenticeship construction training program.

FDC Honolulu also offers leisure and recreational activities to inmates.

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