FCI Oakdale ii | Oakdale Federal Detention Center Louisiana

Federal Detention Center Oakdale is an administrative-security federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. It is also known as FDC Oakdale, FCI Oakdale ii, and FCI Oakdale 2. The facility houses male and female inmates.

FCI Oakdale ii Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Detention Center Oakdale
2105 East Whatley Road
Oakdale, LA 71463

Phone: 318-335-4466
Fax: 318-215-2185
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FDC Oakdale

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FDC Oakdale
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 5010
, LA 71463

How to Send Money

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

Oakdale Federal Detention Center Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male and Female Inmates

Prison Security Level

Administrative Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FCI Oakdale ii is in central Louisiana, 35 miles south of Alexandria, 58 miles north of Lake Charles, off State Highway 165 on Whatley Road.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

OAD for FDC Oakdale, OAX for Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex

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

Western District of Louisiana

Population Number

FDC Oakdale houses approximately 1,010 inmates.

FCI Oakdale ii Prison Services Information

FDC Oakdale | FCI Oakdale ii


Federal Detention Center Oakdale is an administrative-security federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, which houses male and female inmates. It was opened in 1990 and is part of the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex.

Media reports indicate that at least two inmates have attempted to escape from the prison.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in two-person cells.

Health Services

Health care at FCI Oakdale 2 includes medical, dental, and mental health services, emergency medical and dental care, medications, periodic health examinations, and eyeglasses. Dental and medical sick calls are held several times a week.

Psychology Services

Services provided by the Psychology Department include crisis intervention (suicidal risk assessments), psychotherapy (individual and group), psychological assessments, and psycho-education (self-help and audio/visual material). All inmates/detainees must complete, sign, and date a Psychology Services Inmate Questionnaire (PSIQ) provided by medical staff upon arrival at Receiving & Discharge (R&D). This is a mandatory assessment. Inmates/Detainees in the Special Housing Unit must receive mandatory 30-day reviews by Psychology Services. Assessment using psychological testing will be completed as determined by the psychologist.

Additionally, the staff psychologists conduct the following programs: 40-hour Drug Education Program, a Stress Management Group, a Psychological-Educational Support Group, and an Anger Management Group. Each of these groups meets weekly. The institution also offers a Reintegration Housing Unit (RHU), a SHU step-down/rehab program.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Oakdale ii does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) but does offer the Drug Abuse Education Class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FDC Oakdale Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FDC Oakdale provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses taught by fellow prisoners are also available. A self-paced ACE program allows inmates to complete classes independently with handouts and a textbook. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Oakdale ii does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training

FCI Oakdale 2 does not offer any vocational training programs.


Oakdale Federal Detention Center does not offer any apprenticeship training.

Library Services

FCI Oakdale 2 provides access to a legal library, where legal materials are available via the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A leisure library is also available, which provides a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, reference materials, and periodicals to the inmate population. Titles unavailable in the library may be obtained through the interlibrary loan program. Typewriters and a copy machine are available to inmates. Inmates are given 25 free legal copies per month; each additional one costs fifteen cents. Inmates in the RHU have their own in-unit library.


FCI Oakdale 2 does not house a UNICOR facility.


Inmates are allowed to spend up to $360.00 per month at the commissary. Shopping is permitted once each week. The shopping day is determined by the fourth and fifth digits of the inmate’s BOP register number. Inmates must have their account cards to shop at the commissary. Items such as food, sodas, snacks, ice cream, clothing, and electronics are available for purchase.

Recreation Services

The FDC Oakdale recreation services include both indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors, inmates have access to the following activities:

  • Pool Tables
  • TVs
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong
  • Ellipticals
  • Treadmills
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Art Rooms
  • Band Room

Outdoors, Oakdale Louisiana Detention Center inmates have access to the following:

  • Pull-up Bars
  • Dip Bars
  • Stationary Bikes
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Softball
  • Handball
  • Volleyball

Visitation Information for FCI Oakdale ii

On Sunday and Saturday, visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

FCI Oakdale 2 | Oakdale Federal Detention Center Louisiana

Oakdale Federal Detention Center Oakdale Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Detention Center Oakdale

The Reintegration Housing Unit (RHU) is not political at all.

Level of Violence

There is little to no violence in the Oakdale Federal Detention Center Louisiana RHU.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can stay in the RHU.

Good at FCI Oakdale ii

“The RHU allows inmates to be somewhere safe when stepping down from long-term SHU; great commissary.”

Bad at FCI Oakdale 2

“No complaints about the RHU.”

Other Inmate Comments

“Go there if you are Hispanic.” “Lots of safety and mental health reasons to go to the RHU. Good place if you’ve been in the hole for a long time. It helps a lot.”

FDC Oakdale in the News

In October 2017, Lucas Gregory Woodard and Nicholas Bickle were discovered tangled in razor wire trying to escape Federal Detention Center Oakdale.

In November 1987, after the U.S. signed an agreement with Cuba that would force many illegal Cuban immigrants back to Cuba under the dictatorship of Fidel Castro, the Cuban prisoners at FCI Oakdale ii rioted, taking over the prison, setting fires, and holding hostages.

More Information About Federal Detention Center Oakdale

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 Oakdale, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.