Federal Correctional Institution - Tallahassee

Federal Correctional Institution - Tallahassee, or FCI Tallahassee, is a low-security federal correctional institution with a detention center.  This facility is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and houses a total of 798 male and female inmates.

The inmates are housed in dormitories, while the prisoners in the detention center are housed in cells.

Opened in 1938, many notable inmates have served time at FCI Tallahassee, including jihad terrorist Colleen La Rose AKA “Jihad Jane” who served ten years before her release in 2018. Earth Liberation Front (ELF) member Chelsea Gerlach also served six years for arson before her release in 2013.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at FCI Tallahassee are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

A maximum of four adults and eight children are allowed to visit an inmate at one time. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Getting on the Approved Visit List

Authorized visitors who can visit an inmate include family, friends, and associates. You can't visit an inmate unless he or she puts you on the visiting list.

Everyone must fill out a visitor form, and they must have a relationship with the inmate prior to incarceration. If a potential visitor does not have a prior relationship with the inmate, their request will be reviewed by the warden.

Once the inmate requests to add someone to their visit list, a correctional counselor will provide them with a visiting form, and the inmate is responsible for mailing these out and letting the potential visitor know that they need to fill out the form and return it to the institution staff.

The unit team will do a background check and determine if a visitor application is approved. They make their decision based on constructive and security factors. The process takes about a week, and the unit staff will notify the inmate when the requested visitor is approved or refused.

It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify the visitor of the decision, and the process is the same for both adult and minor visitors.

Basic Visit Procedures and Rules

If you are 16 years of age or older, you must bring a valid photo ID with you to the visit, like a state or federal ID card, driver's license, or current passport. Birth certificates are not valid forms of ID.

All visitors are subject to a visual and pat search by an officer. You will also be scanned by a metal detector.

Any item you bring into the facility will be opened and searched by a staff member, and anyone who refuses a search of themselves or their property will not be allowed to visit with the inmate.

Visitors may bring the following items into the institution:

  • A clear plastic container/bag no larger than 12 x 24 inches (1)
  • Handkerchief (1)
  • Sippy-Cup (1/empty)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (sealed)
  • Diapers (4)
  • Diaper Bag/clear (1)
  • Milk/Formula Bottles (2 plastic)
  • Baby Lotion or Ointment (1)
  • Baby wipes (clear plastic bag)
  • Baby Food Jars (sealed) (3)
  • Paper currency, in denominations of $10.00 or less, and coins may be brought into the Visiting Room by visitors. The total amount brought into the Visiting Room will not exceed $30.00. 

Visitors are not authorized to bring items into the institution to give to an inmate. Lockers are available to visitors for the storage of personal items not allowed.

Cell phones, pagers, cameras, or devices of any type are not authorized inside the institution.

Visitors should dress within the bounds of good taste and should not wear clothing which would offend others who may be present in the visiting room. Visitors should avoid clothing styles which are suggestive and excessively provocative.

The following items are not permitted in the visiting room:

  • Garments which reveal portions of the upper torso, to include low cut shirts/blouses exposing cleavage, back or stomach area (i.e. halter, midriffs, deep V-neck, backless, and sleeveless shirts/blouses/dresses). 
  • Spandex, form-fitting clothing or low cut/hip hugger pants. Any pants which go above the middle of the calf. 
  • Miniskirts: visitors will not be allowed into the institution in skirts or dresses higher than three inches above the knee in length. 
  • Khaki-colored clothing or variations of khaki which resemble inmate clothing. No orange colored, clothing with the same tone or shade as inmates who are quartered in the Special Housing Unit. 
  • Fatigues or camouflaged-patterned garments. 
  • See-through garments, to include pants and plain white t-shirts (able to see skin tones or undergarments). 
  • Hats (i.e. cowboy, baseball caps of any kind), ear muffs, doo rags, and scarves. 
  • Non-prescription sunglasses/shades. 
  • No flip flops, slippers, thongs, or house shoes will be permitted. No bare feet will be permitted (excluding babies/toddlers). 
  • Absolutely NO sagging of pants or any other type of clothing by male or female inmate visitors.
  • At the discretion of the front lobby officer, after consultation with the Operations Lieutenant or institution Duty Officer, children under the age of ten may wear shorts. 
  • No gang related color combinations, insignias, or representations on any clothing worn into the visiting room.

Physical Address


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General Phone Number & Email Address

Phone: 850-878-2173
Email: TAL/[email protected]

Inmate Mailing Address(es)


There is no limit on the amount of mail that inmates receive, but all correspondence must have the inmate’s complete name, registration number, facility name, and address.

You can only send cards or letters to these addresses. Paperback books, newspapers, and magazines must come directly from the publisher via a subscription or mail order.

Inmates cannot receive packages through the mail, with the exception of a package of release day clothing. You can't send the release day package until 30 days prior to the scheduled release date.

How to Call an Inmate

Federal inmates are not allowed to have cellphones and they can't receive inbound calls. They can make outbound calls during approved hours, and they must pay for them with the money that is on their personal account or call collect.

Inmates will use TRULINCS to call to both landline and cell phones. This is also how inmates are able to send and receive emails. Your number must be added to the contact list for approval.

All phone calls are limited to 15 minutes, and will be monitored and recorded.

How to Send Money

Sending money is one of most important things you can do for an inmate. The prison will issue each prisoner the minimum amount of clothing and hygiene items, and provide them with three meals a day. But, it is extremely difficult for prisoners to have any level of comfort when living with just the items that are prison-issued.

Inmates can receive outside funds while incarcerated at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts.

Postal Service

For federal prisoners, you can send money through the United States Postal Service by MONEY ORDER to the following address:

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

Send the funds to the address above. Replace the second line with the inmate's valid, full committed name. Replace the third line with the inmate's eight digit register number.

Never send money directly to the prison. If you are using the postal service, you must always send your money order to the bureau of prisons using the above address.


You can send an inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's Express Payment Program.

To send funds using this method, please read and follow these steps carefully:

  • Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at FCI Tallahassee.
  • Gather the information you'll need. Which includes the inmate’s name and number.
  • Visit moneygram.com to complete your payment.

Information needed to complete MoneyGram payment:

  • Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
  • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • City & State: Washington, DC
  • Receive Code is always: 7932
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

Western Union

If you would like to see a sample Western Union form click here. On their website, they have a special form for sending money to inmates, and you go directly to it by clicking here.

You will need to know the inmate’s full name and number, and you can pay with a debit or credit card at westernunion.com.

Remember, any time you send money to an inmate you must always include their name and registration number on everything.

There are a few things that inmates can spend their money on. This includes phone calls, emails, and commissary.  The commissary is the prison store, where inmates can buy things like beverages, meals and snacks, OTC medications, stationary, personal hygiene items, clothing, or other miscellaneous products.

Please be aware that prisoners have their own economy inside the prison walls just like we do in the real world. Inmates that have a lot of money can do a lot of things both legal and illegal. Prisoners can potentially use the money in their account to buy things for other inmates in exchange for drugs and paraphernalia. This activity is illegal and can get an inmate in a lot of trouble.

Is important to keep track of how much money you are sending your incarcerated loved one, and watch out for any suspicious behavior.

The monthly spend limit at FCI Tallahassee is $360 per inmate.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) 
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
  • A Drug Abuse Program
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Literacy
  • GED
  • High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
  • Post-secondary programs (via paid correspondence)
  • Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses
  • Advanced occupational education in Business Education, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Horticulture, and Custodial Maintenance
  • Vocational training in building trades, business education, and horticulture
  • Apprenticeships in Baker, Cook, Construction, Electrician, Housekeeper, Horticulture, Landscape Management Tech, Material Coordinator, Metal Fabricator, Painter, Plumber, Quality Control Inspector, Refrigeration, Stationary Engineer, Teacher Aide, and Wood Machinist
  • UNICOR facility that handles services

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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Tallahassee

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Tallahassee by visiting USAJobs.gov. The salaries at the facility begin around $40,000 and can go up into the six-figure range, depending on the position.

Reviews from employees at FCI Tallahassee say that it is hard, rewarding work, but you can have a lot of fun with fellow employees. The salary and benefits are considered to be the best part of the job.