Federal Detention Center Philadelphia is an administrative-security federal prison located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is also known as FDC Philadelphia. The facility houses male and female inmates.
Table of contents
- FDC Philadelphia Contact Information
- Federal Detention Center Philadelphia Inmate Information
- FDC Philadelphia Prison Services Information
- FDC Philadelphia Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for FDC Philadelphia
- FDC Philadelphia in the News
- More Information About Federal Detention Center Philadelphia
FDC Philadelphia Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Detention Center Philadelphia
700 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Email: [email protected]
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 562
Philadelphia, PA 19105
How to Send Money
Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
Federal Detention Center Philadelphia Inmate Information
Male and Female Inmates
Prison Security Level
FDC Philadelphia is located in the heart of the city of Philadelphia.
BOP Institution Code
PHL for FDC Philadelphia
Medical Care Level
Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level
FDC Philadelphia houses approximately 780 inmates.
FDC Philadelphia Prison Services Information
Federal Detention Center Philadelphia is an administrative-security federal prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which houses both male and female inmates. It was opened in 2000.
FDC Philadelphia holds male and female detainees prior to or during court proceedings, as well as inmates serving brief sentences. The detention center is 12-stories high. It has 628 cells for United States Marshal Service pre-trial detainees, primarily from the following districts: Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Southern and Northern Districts of New Jersey, and the District of Delaware. FDC Philadelphia is also a United States Parole Commission Revocation Site. There are 120 prisoners, already sentenced, that serve as orderlies. The prison is connected by a tunnel to the James A. Byrne United States Courthouse.
Media reports indicate that one male guard was indicted for sexually assaulting male inmates, another guard was indicted for also sexually assaulting inmates, and a third guard was indicted for smuggling contraband into the institution.
Inmates are housed in either two- or three-person cells or dormitories.
Health services at FDC Philadelphia include prenatal care, mental health assessments, eyeglasses, medical and dental sick call, and chronic care. Medical appointments are requested by submitting a sick call request form to the Health Services Unit for a fee of $2.00 per visit. Inmates without funds will still receive medical care by submitting a sick call request. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology services include intake screening, group and individual treatment and counseling, mental health assessments, and crisis intervention. Inmates are screened upon arrival and referred to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health specialist for follow-up evaluation and intervention as needed.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
FDC Philadelphia does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Education Class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are both available.
FDC Philadelphia Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
FDC Philadelphia provides GED, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs, and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses. A parenting program and re-entry programs such as Money Smart, Mock Job Fair, Resource Fairs, employment workshops, HIV seminars, Celebrate Recovery support program, financial planning, living on a budget, and other programs are also available. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education
FDC Philadelphia does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
FDC Philadelphia does not offer any vocational training programs.
FDC Philadelphia does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
FDC Philadelphia offers both a leisure and law library to inmates. 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 through the use of 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 Philadelphia does not have a UNICOR facility.
Inmates are allowed to spend $360.00 monthly in the commissary on their assigned shopping days. Clothing, candies, food, drink mixes, and other items are available for purchase. Quantity limits on certain items may apply.
Recreation Services available at FDC Philadelphia include both physical and leisure activities. Physical activities include basketball, mini soccer, handball, volleyball, and aerobic and yoga classes. Body fat analysis, fitness assessments, walking programs, health and wellness classes, and nutrition classes are also available. Leisure activities consist of board games, dominoes, card games, bingo, and music programming. The hobby craft program includes drawing, calligraphy, watercolors, and crochet/knitting.
Visitation Information for FDC Philadelphia
On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 7:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday visitation is held between 6:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 7:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
FDC Philadelphia in the News
In April 2018, Federal Detention Center Philadelphia announced that it would rescind its policy that barred visitors who were not immediate family. Around 100 detainees were prevented from seeing their own children under the old policy.
In July 2016, FDC Philadelphia changed its visitation policy to allow only immediate family members, which caused a fair amount of distress since many detainees have relationships and children with people they are not married to.
In June 2012, Richard Spisak, a guard at FDC Philadelphia, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for having male prisoners perform oral sex on him in his office.
In 2006, Delton Doran, a guard at FDC Philadelphia, was charged with having sex with a prisoner at the facility.
In 2005, FDC Philadelphia guard Matthew Sartin pleaded guilty to smuggling cell phones and liquor to five prisoners.
More Information About Federal Detention Center Philadelphia
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 Philadelphia, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.
Published May 17, 2018 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on May 5, 2022 at 10:00 pm