FDC Miami | Federal Detention Center Miami

Federal Detention Center Miami is an administrative-security federal prison in Miami, Florida. It is also known as FDC Miami Federal Detention Center and FCC Miami. The facility houses male and female inmates.

FDC Miami Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Detention Center Miami
33 NE 4th Street
Miami, FL 33132

Phone: 305-577-0010
Fax: 305-536-7368
Email: [email protected]

BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
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Inmate Correspondence Address

FDC Miami

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FDC Miami
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 019120
Miami, FL

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Detention Center Miami Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male and Female Inmates

Prison Security Level

Administrative Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FDC Miami is located east of Miami International Airport in downtown Miami, at the corner of N.E. 4th Street and N. Miami Avenue.

BOP Region

Southeast Region

BOP Institution Code

MIM for FDC Miami

Medical Care Level

Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 2.

Judicial District

Southern District of Florida

Population Number

FDC Miami houses approximately 1,345 inmates.

FDC Miami Prison Services Information

FDC Miami | Federal Detention Center Miami


Federal Detention Center Miami is an administrative-security federal prison in Miami, Florida, which houses male and female inmates. It was opened in 1985.

FDC Miami houses pretrial and pre-sentence detainees of the U.S. Marshals Service. Many detainees are involved in federal court proceedings in the Southern District of Florida.

Media reports indicate that at least one guard has been indicted for sexually assaulting a female detainee, one has been charged with smuggling contraband, and two prisoners have been indicted for a mail and wire fraud scheme. Additionally, at least one inmate has committed suicide at the prison.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in two-person cells.

Health Services

Services available to inmates include sick calls, x-rays, lab, dental, pharmacy, female health care, and emergency treatment. The clinic is open 24 hours a day for emergency care needs.

Psychology Services

FDC Miami offers crisis intervention, brief counseling sessions, individual counseling, and follow-ups with inmates prescribed psychotropic medication. Psychology Services also provides several specialized programs dealing with mental health care, including The Resolve Program (which focuses on physical and sexual abuse) and nonresidential counseling groups, which focus on coping skills, building healthy relationships, and enhancing emotional stability. Inmates can request program placement by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff form (also known as a cop-out).

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCC Miami does not offer the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, the institution does offer drug abuse programming, including a Drug Abuse Education Course and a Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP).

FDC Miami Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FDC Miami Federal Detention Center provides mandatory literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FDC Miami offers advanced occupational education in Computerized Engraving, Custodial Technician, and Food Handler programs.

Vocational Training

FCC Miami does not offer any vocational training programs aside from the advanced occupational education offerings.


FDC Miami does not offer any apprenticeship programs.

Library Services

Leisure and law libraries are available at FDC Miami. The leisure library offers magazines, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents using the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copy machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use.


FDC Miami does not house a UNICOR facility.


Inmates can spend up to $360.00 monthly on sodas, ice cream, food, clothing, electronics, and shoes. Each inmate at FCC Miami receives a commissary card upon arrival. They must have their commissary ID card in their possession at all times.

Recreation Services

Inmates at FDC Miami have access to many recreational activities, including:

  • Organized and Informal Games
  • Wellness Activities
  • Curricular and Extracurricular Activities
  • Sports
  • Social Activities
  • Artwork
  • Hobby Crafts
  • Table Games
  • Board Games

Board games at FDC Miami Federal Detention Center include:

  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Dominoes
  • Table Tennis
  • Monopoly
  • Uno
  • Scrabble
  • Risk
  • Parcheesi
  • Backgammon
  • Card Games

Leisure activities for inmates include crocheting, step aerobics, stair-stepping machines, calisthenics, and exercise bikes. Competitive tournaments in basketball, soccer, handball, dominoes, spades, bingo, and bowling occur weekly.

Visitation Information for FDC Miami

On Sunday and Saturday, visitation is held between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

FDC Miami | FCC Miami

FDC Miami Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Detention Center Miami

This is a very political Federal Detention Center.

Level of Violence

The violence is high at this facility. According to one inmate, “There is an altercation every day, and the use of weapons (e.g., knives, locks, etc.) are not uncommon.” Theft is also reported to be a problem.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders and transgender inmates are generally checked-in, while homosexual inmates can usually stay.

Bad at FDC Miami

“Food sucks. COs laugh at inmates’ problems.” “Floors bare concrete in many rooms.” “Frequent lockdowns.” “Medieval attitudes.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Most of the staff here act unprofessionally. It appears that since they don’t show each other respect, they don’t feel the need to respect the inmates.”

FDC Miami in the News

In June 2018, Federal Detention Center Miami guard Michael Mazar was sentenced to five years in prison and nearly $9 million in restitution for his role in a $9 million prison-based fraud scheme, which involved smuggling a cell phone and other contraband into con man Jimmy Sabatino.

In November 2017, Jimmy Sabatino, who was serving time at FDC Miami for skipping out on bills for luxury hotels and goods while pretending to be a music industry bigwig, was sentenced to 20 years for a $9 million fraud scheme in which luxury goods were sent to Valerie Kay Hunt and Denise Siksha Lewis on the outside, that he ran from his cell. Sabatino, fellow prisoners George Duquen, Hunt, and Lewis had also impersonated Sony Music Entertainment and Roc Nation employees as part of this scam.

Also, in November 2017, Damon Coleman, a guard at FCC Miami, was sentenced to eight months for the sexual assault of a female pretrial detainee.

In September 2006, immigration agents arrested 15 illegal aliens originating from Mexico and Guatemala who were hired to fix the roof of FDC Miami Federal Detention Center.

In January 2005, Richard Hirshfield, imprisoned for securities fraud in 1991 and held at FDC Miami awaiting trial on additional charges, hanged himself in the detention center’s laundry room.

More Information About Federal Detention Center Miami

For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about FDC Miami, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.