Houston Federal Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Houston Federal Detention Center
Prison Code: HOU
Prison Type: Federal Detention Center
Region: South Central Region
State: Texas
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Here is the street address and mailing address for Houston Federal Detention Center. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate at Houston Federal Detention Center, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate so that you correctly address the letter or package, and do the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, the package or letter could not get delivered.

FDC Houston
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 526255
Houston TX, 77052

Street Address / Prison location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below if you are going to try to visit an inmate at Houston Federal Detention Center.

Houston Federal Detention Center
1200 Texas Avenue
Houston TX, 77002

Phone Number

Houston Federal Detention Center inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call your inmate, however, there are times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to Houston Federal Detention Center.

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have faxes, so you can’t fax your inmate, but there are some times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to the facility.


Email Address

This email address is the primary email for Houston Federal Detention Center. You can’t reach inmates at this address. If you want to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   899 

Inmate Email

To email a letter to an inmate you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email message gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email messages only from people listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a formal request to recieve and send email messages with a family member or friend by putting them into their contact list.

All email correspondence is subject to monitoring. prisoners give consent to being monitored when they join the system. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to being monitored when they agree to correspondence with the inmate and are notified each and every time that they get email correspondence from the prisoner.

When a contact is added to an inmates contact list they will get an email confirmation which sends them to the CorrLink system at corrlink.com.

Emails may not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. In addition, emails cannot be larger than 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules are not allowed.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal prisoners are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a prisoner. If you do not then the mail might not make it there.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility guards will open and read all received general mail. Received general correspondence is read as frequently as is deemed necessary to ensure security or watch problems having to do with an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the correct format for how you need to address a package or letter to a prisoner at Houston Federal Prison:

FDC Houston
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 526255
Houston TX, 77052

To read the full Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correnspondence, go to:

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide inmates a bank type account for prisoner funds and for buying things not issued by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can deposit money into these Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money in postal mail and have to send it to this address and follow the policies written below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The money have to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold, and during this period the prisoner will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Checks and cash cannot be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send checks or cash.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family are also able to send prisoners money using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent by one of these methods:

  1. At an agent location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call or go to westernunion.com.
  2. On the phone with a credit/debit card: Call and choose phone promt option 2.
  3. Online with a credit or debit card: Go to westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info must be included:

  1. Correct Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to the wrong federal inmate, funds might not get returned to you.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, check out the official Bureau of Prisons website:

Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently transported to different correctional facilities throughout the country, so you may have to find the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to look up an prisoner.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own rules for prisoner visitation and these rules get changed often. The information listed here may be different by the time you are reading this, so be sure to also check the facility’s official website to get the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures every visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the facility and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo id is OK.

For all of the points shown below, go to the official prison website as this info is changed often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the entire Houston Federal Detention Center Visitation Guide go to:

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, go to:


The official website:

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Houston Federal Detention Center

Have you ever been a prisoner in Houston Federal Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Houston Federal Detention Center?

If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

Things you can write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate here, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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