Federal Prisons in Washington State
The federal character of the United States polity dictates that there should be a difference in the enactment, implementation, and sentencing in respect of laws being made by the Federal government and the State government. This very federal character has therefore led to a system in the United States where the prison system being divided into state and federal, with there being county jails as well.
Persons being found guilty of violating state laws are imprisoned in state prisons and those found violating federal laws are imprisoned in federal jails spread all over the country. Judges use a point system to determine which jail the convicted person would go to.
In essence, therefore, each state has a number of federal jails, albeit not uniformly spread over their territories, of which we are going to take a closer look at the state of Washington.
The State of Washington consists of two federal prisons, The Federal Detention Center in SeaTac and Residential Reentry Management in Seattle, details of which are given below.
The Federal Detention Center, SeaTac, Washington
The FDC is located in SeaTac, near the Seattle-Tamac international airport. It houses both female and male inmates. Most of the inmates are involved in court proceedings in the Western District Court of Washington. It is managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It was opened in 1997 and has a capacity of 1000 inmates. Details of the prison are as follows;
- Number of Inmates: 666 total inmates (both male and female)
- Address: 2425 South 200th Street, Seattle, Washington 98198
- Mailing Information: SET/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
- Visitation hours: Monday and Friday: 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
- Fax: 206-870-5717
- Phone: 206-870-5700
- Mailing information: Correspondence and parcels can be sent to inmates through the following address:
Inmate name and register number
Federal Detention Center
PO Box 13900
Seattle, Washington 98198
- Management Information: Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Institutional Programs: Dental services, orientation program, recreational programs such as abs class, aerobics, ping pong, hobby/craft, chess club, wellness and nutrition programs, screenwriting class, movies.
- Academic Programs: General Education Degree (GED), English as a second language (ESL) program, law library, leisure library.
- Other Programs: Religious programs and studies.
How to Find an Inmate in the Washington Federal Prison?
To search for an inmate, one has to go the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which has a feature on its homepage to search for inmates in all the federal prisons in the United States. The inmate search throws up two options;
- Searching for an inmate with the help of his/her first name, middle name, and last name. In order to narrow down the search, it also allows searching for with additional information such as race and sex of the individual.
- Searching for an inmate with the help of his or her BOP register number, DCDC Number, FBI Number or the INS number.
The state of Washington also has a Federal Bureau of Prison administered Resident Reentry Management Field Office located in Seattle. It is located within the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac itself. A Resident Reentry Management field office also called an RRC is an institution which provides assistive services to the inmates who are nearing release by providing them with employment counseling, financial services, job placement and other programs and services. It is located in King County and has 4 judicial districts within it namely, Alaska, Oregon, Western Washington, and Eastern Washington. Some details of the RRM are given below
Address: 2425 South 200 ST (at FDC) Seattle WA 98198