Philadelphia Federal Detention Center

FDC Philadelphia

700 Arch St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-4000

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FDC Philadelphia also known as Philadelphia Federal Detention Center is a federal jail located at 700 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 operated by the North East Regional Office of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. FDC Philadelphia houses approximately 900 male & female federal inmates, pretrial detainees and probation violators and those primarily charged with Federal Crimes in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania going the trial process, awaiting sentencing, been denied bail by a Federal Judge, or deemed a flight risk or threat to the community.




FDC Philadelphia Inmate Phone Calls

Inmate housing units normally have 4 telephones for inmate use with the exception of the medical and SHU Special Housing Units. Inmates are allowed 300 minutes per month January thru October, and 400 minutes in November and December. Calls are limited to 15 minutes per call. The regular cost of an inmate calls is 21 cents per minute with 15 calls costing $3.15.

Service plans offering 11¢ per minute / 15 minute U.S. calls from FDC Philadelphia at $1.65 may be ordered from Pacific Telephone at 866-966-8666. International calls to Mexico, Asia, Europe and Middle East can be obtained for as low as 20¢ per min. For rate information for a specific country & ordering information go to:


Send Money To FDC Philadelphia Inmates

Inmates can receive funds at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send an inmate funds electronically using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays. Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.

Western Union InmateSend Western Union to FDC Philadelphia Inmates

You’ll need to provide Western Union Money the following info to complete your transfer:

Account Number: Inmate’s eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate’s last name (example: 12345678DOE)
Attention Line: Inmate’s full committed name
Code City is always: FBOP, DC

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
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Inmate Mail, Magazines and Packages

FDC Philadelphia inmates are not allowed to receive packages without prior written approval from the institution. Inmates may receive magazines, hard and paperback books directly from the publisher. To order Discount magazine subscriptions for inmates click here or on the banner below! Inmates may receive packages from home containing release clothing and authorized medical devices. A written authorization form must be included in the parcel.

To send mail to an inmate at FDC Philadelphia, you must use the following format in addressing your correspondence:


FDC Philadelphia
P.O. BOX 562
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Inmates are housed in two man or three man cells with bunk-beds and toilets. Showers are centrally located on each floor and most housing units for inmate use 7 days a week. TV’s and other recreation facilities including paperback books are included in each housing unit.

Staff and contract chaplains provide for inmate religious services for Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths on Sundays and religious holidays. Medical and psychological health care is provided BOP medical staff, U.S. Public Health Services Officers and outside contract physicians.

All FDC Philadelphia inmates in general population are able to purchase items in the commissary and have a monthly spending limit of $320, with those in the SHU having limited purchasing ability.

Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of Pennylvania

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is a branch of the U.S. Office of the Courts. The Public Defender provides criminal defense services to defendant’s being charged with a crime violating U.S. Law by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and unable to afford a private lawyer of their own.

The criminal charges defended includes drug crimes, tax law violations, firearms offenses, bank robbery, racketeering, bank fraud, environmental crimes, and computer-based offenses.

The Federal Public Defender Trial Unit and Appeals Unit for the Philadelphia office is located at 601 Walnut Street, Suite 540 West, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or you can call us at (215) 928-1100

U.S. District Court Eastern District Pennsylvania

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has 5 Federal Courthouses in divisions located throughout the District that hold criminal and civil judicial proceeding for federal cases that originated in the following 9 Pennsylvania counties:

Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties

The Courthouses are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM and closed on weekends and federal holidays.

FDC Philadelphia Inmate Visiting

To verify an inmate’s incarceration location prior to visit, contact the Federal Inmate locator at By law, federal inmates are authorized four hours of visiting per month, but many prisons provide more. Visiting hours for FDC Philadelphia is scheduled daily according to housing units. Wardens can restrict the length of visits, or the number of people who can visit at once, to avoid visiting room overcrowding. It’s recommended to call the FDC Philadelphia Control Center at 215-521-4000 to confirm the visiting schedule before departing for your visit.

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