Facilities: FCI Tallahassee with a detention center.
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee
501 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, FL 32301
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/tal/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Correctional Institution
501 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, FL 32301
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Sex: Main: Female; Detention Center: Male and Female
Security Level: Main: Low; Detention Center: Administrative (Multiple Security Levels)
Location: FCI Tallahassee is located 3 miles east of downtown Tallahassee, on Highway 319 at its intersection with Park Avenue and Conner Boulevard.
BOP Region: Southeast Region (SER)
BOP Institution Code: TAL for FCI Tallahassee
Medical Care: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Northern District of Florida
Population (as of Sept. 23, 2020): 828
Background: FCI Tallahassee was opened in 1938. The facility also has an adjacent detention center that houses administrative security level inmates. Notable inmates include jihad terrorist Colleen LaRose (serving 10 years for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF) member Chelsea Gerlach (released in 2013 after serving 6 years for arson).
Housing: Inmates are housed in dormitories. The detention center inmates are housed in cells.
Health Services: FCI Tallahassee provides emergency medical services, physical exams, periodic health exams, female health care, TB and HIV testing, medications, dental services, and eyeglasses. The detention center provides sick call, medication refills, emergency medical services, physical exams, TB and HIV testing, and dental services. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: All inmates at FCI Tallahassee are screened by Psychology Services staff during the institution’s Admission and Orientation Program. Each housing unit also has a unit counselor and psychologist on staff to provide guidance, counseling, and other mental health services to unit inmates. In the detention center psychology services are also available in the form of short-term supportive counseling for those who are identified by themselves, or by staff as having difficulty handling their current circumstances. Requests can also be made to speak to a psychologist. Voluntary groups such as self-image groups are also available. The STAGES Program is available for inmates with serious mental illness and personality disorders.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): FCI Tallahassee houses a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Abuse Program, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are also available.
Education Services: FCI Tallahassee offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Adult Continuing Education (ACE), marketable skills training, and parenting courses are also available. Due to the short-term nature of the Detention Center, educational opportunities are limited. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: Advanced occupational education programs at FCI Tallahassee include Business Education I & II, Building Trades I & II, Cosmetology, Horticulture, and a Custodial Maintenance Technician Program.
Vocational Training: FCI Tallahassee offers Building Trades, Business Education, and Horticulture vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: Apprenticeship programs at FCI Tallahassee are available to inmates in Construction, Electrician, Baker, Cook, Horticulturist, Housekeeper, Landscape Management Tech, Landscape Technician, Material Coordinator, Metal Fabricator, Office Apprenticeship, Painter, Plumber, Quality Control Inspector, Refrigeration Apprenticeship, Stationary Engineer, Teacher Aide 1, and Wood Machinist.
Library Services: A leisure and law library are available to inmates in the main prison. In the detention center, reading materials are available in the housing units. The leisure library offers fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines. The law library offers typewriters, copy machines, and the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.
UNICOR: The FCI Tallahassee UNICOR facility handles services.
Commissary: Inmates are permitted to spend $360.00 per month for regular purchases. Postage stamps and over-the-counter medication are exempt from the spending limit. Inmates may shop once a week on their designated shopping day. Inmate funds are retained by the institution in a trust fund from which the inmate may withdraw money for personal spending in the institution Commissary, family support, or other approved purposes. Accumulated institutional earnings and money sent from outside are given to the inmate upon release or may be mailed home.
Recreation Services: Recreational programs at FCI Tallahassee and the detention center include both indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors, inmates can participate in various artwork and hobby craft programs. Outdoors, inmates can engage in individual and group exercises, sports, and other leisure activities.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
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 FCI Tallahassee, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.