FDC Philadelphia

FDC Philadelphia Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: September 16, 2020

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Official Website https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/phl/

This is a medium security facility in Pennsylvania that houses male inmates. The FDC Philadelphia can house up to 1,500 inmates at a time.

FDC Philadelphia — General Information

Facility Name FDC Philadelphia
Facility Type Federal Prison
Capacity 979
City Philadelphia
Postal Code 19106
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia
Official Website https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/phl/

Sending a Mail/Care Package

If you mark mail to an inmate as “special,” the FDC Philadelphia will only open and inspect the mail in the presence of the inmate. All other mail will be opened and inspected prior to delivery to the inmate.

In addition to sending mail to FDC Philadelphia, you can also set up magazine and periodical subscriptions to be sent directly to the inmate from a publisher.

Some inmates can also now use email, and should inquire at the prison about possibly setting up an email account.

Sending Money

Inmates at FDC Philadelphia rely on their commissary accounts to make purchases for basic necessities from the commissary and to make phone calls. It is easy to send money, and you have a few different ways to send money.

The easiest way is probably to send via Money gram, as inmates will get the funds within a couple hours after your deposit. To get started, call 215-521-4000 or visit the Money gram website.

While you cannot send cash or personal checks in the mail, you can send a money order as long as you have the inmate’s full name and eight digit register number.

Phone calls

Since inmates at FDC Philadelphia cannot receive phone calls, they will use their commissary accounts to make outgoing calls.


There are some things you will want to remember while visiting an inmate in FDC Philadelphia. Check out these tips before scheduling your visit.

Make sure you have used the inmate search to confirm where the inmate is located. You will then need them to add you to their visitor list and get pre-approved to make a visit. Once you are approved you can plan a time for the visit. Plan ahead and make sure you dress appropriately and do not bring any items into the FDC Philadelphia that are not permitted. Do not take any chances that would prevent you from visiting.

Visiting Hours

Friday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.

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