FDC SeaTac Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: May 08, 2020
FDC SeaTac

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FDC SeaTac is commonly known as the Federal Detention Center, SeaTac. The facility is a federal detention center. FDC SeaTac is operated and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The facility is in SeaTac, Washington. It is relatively close to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

Adjacent to the Federal Detention Center, SeaTac is the Angle Lake light rail station. 

FDC SeaTac opened their doors in 1997. When designing the FDC SeaTac it was originally designed to hold up to 1,000 inmates. This facility holds both female and male inmates. They house inmates that are in pre-trial, sentenced inmates, immigration detainees, and holdover inmates. Majority of the inmates are going through the federal court proceedings in the Western District of Washington. 

In 200, the FDC SeaTac employs 200 staff members.  The facility is also home to 647 inmates as of 2017. 

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FDC SeaTac - General Information

Facility Name: FDC SeaTac
Facility Type: Federal Prison
Address: 2425 SOUTH 200TH STREET SEATTLE, WA, 98198
Phone: 206-870-5700
Email: SET/[email protected]
Capacity: 686
Date Established: 1988
Offender Gender: Male and Female Offenders
Security Level: Administrative
BOP Region: Western Region
Judicial District: Western Washington
City: Seattle
Postal Code: 98198
State: Washington
County: King
Official Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/set/

FDC SeaTac 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.

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Sending a Mail/Care Package

Inmates can receive written letters from their family and friends. These written letters; however, cannot contain any unused stamps, envelopes, and writing paper. These items can be purchased by the inmates at the commissary. 

Inmates can receive books, newspapers, and magazines. These items must be sent to the prison directly from the publisher. All books cannot be hardback, they must be paperback books. 

The mailing address for the inmates in FDC SeaTac is:

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FDC SeaTac
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Sending Money

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Friends and family can fund an inmate's commissary account through a few different ways. You can send money through Western Union, MoneyGram or you can send a money order to the following address:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Inmate Name
Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number

Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

While using MoneyGram and Western Union, it incurs a fee to use. However, sending a money order is free, but it also will be subjected to a 15-day hold.

Phone calls

FDC SeaTac uses Trulincs as their phone service. They must submit all contacts with their telephone numbers to their inmate unit team to put on their approved list.

Their approval list can take a few days or longer for family and friends.

Calls are limited to 15 minutes. Inmates have 300 minutes per month. They are awarded an extra 100 minutes a month during the months of November and December (400 minutes a month).


The last way to stay in touch with an inmate at FDC SeaTac 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 SeaTac Admissions & Orientation Handbook

FDC SeaTac 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 SeaTac

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.


Inmates can have visitors while serving time in the FDC SeaTac. These visitors must first be approved before they can visit. An inmate can put them on the list or the visitors can also go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website and fill out the form there. Once the form is approved visitors will be permitted to visit inmates on the day’s visitation is held.

Visitors will need to have either a driver’s license or a state identification card, to be permitted into the visitation area.‚Äč

Dress Code

When visiting the facility, please dress appropriately. No miniskirts, halter tops, or other clothes not suitable for a job interview. If such clothing is worn, you will be denied visitation.

Visiting Hours

Monday 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Holiday 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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.

How Often Can I Visit?

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

  • LSCI - 12 points
  • FCI - 5 points
  • USP - 9 points

Here is the point schedule for visitations:


  • Each visit is one point regardless of the day.


  • 2 points for weekend visits
  • 2 points for federal holidays visits
  • 1 point for weekday visits


  • 2 points for weekend visits
  • 0 points for federal holiday visits
  • 1 point for weekday visits.


Refer the map below to find the driving directions

Prison Life

When inmates are going through the intake process at the FDC SeaTac. They are giving a “standard bedroll.” The “standard bedroll” is composed of towels and their bedding. Inmates will then be assigned a housing unit. After that, they will be sized, given their prison clothes, and will have their prison identification card issued to them. 

FDC SeaTac houses their inmates in either two-person cells or they will be housed in dormitories. Inmates will be sharing their space with at least one of their fellow inmates. All housing assignments are randomized. 

Inmates at FDC SeaTac have a variety of programs they can partake in. These programs include the following: 

•    Medical Services
•    Psychology Services
•    Commissary
•    GED Prep
•    Library Services
•    Religious Services
•    English as a Second Language Program
•    Recreational Program
•    Drug Education Class
•    Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program.

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