Federal Detention Center, Honolulu

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Federal Detention Center, Honolulu
Federal Detention Center Honolulu.jpg
FDC Honolulu as seen from Gate 55 in the Inter-Island Terminal at Honolulu International Airport.
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Security classAdministrative Security
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
WardenBobby L. Meeks
Street address351 Elliott Street
ZIP Code96819
Website www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/hon/

The Federal Detention Center, Honolulu (FDC Honolulu) is a United States federal prison facility in Hawaii which holds male and female prisoners of all security levels prior to or during court proceedings in Hawaii Federal District Court, as well as inmates serving brief sentences. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FDC Honolulu is located adjacent to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, [1] and is at the airport's western perimeter. The building has twelve stories. [2]

As of 2013 it houses 300 prisoners sentenced under Hawaii state law rather than federal law; the Hawaii state prison system did not have enough capacity for these prisoners. [3]


The facility opened in 2001. The first 25 inmates to occupy the facility were scheduled to arrive at FDC Honolulu on July 31 of that year; previously they were held in facilities in the Mainland United States. The first five groups, each consisting of 25 inmates, were made up of inmates within their final two years of their federal prison sentences. FDC Honolulu relieved the Oahu Community Correctional Center, operated by the Hawaii Department of Public Safety. As of June 2001, the Oahu Community Correctional Center, designed to hold 1,000 pretrial inmates, held 1,150 pretrial inmates. The first pretrial inmates from Hawaii were scheduled to move into the federal center one month after the first five groups of 25 convicted inmates had arrived. [4]

As of 2016 the Hawaii State Legislature has expressed an interest in acquiring FDC Honolulu. [5]

Notable inmates (current and former)

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Duane "Dog" Chapman

Leland Chapman

Tim Chapman




Arrested on September 14, 2006; released on bail the next day. Subjects of the A&E reality television program Dog the Bounty Hunter; arrested on an illegal bounty hunting warrant issued in Mexico in connection with their apprehension of serial rapist Andrew Luster in 2003; the charges against them were later dismissed. [6]

See also


  1. ^ " FDC Honolulu." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on December 30, 2009.
  2. ^ Bosworth, Mary. The U.S. Federal Prison System. SAGE Publications, July 19, 2002. ISBN  0761923047, 9780761923046. p. 235.
  3. ^ Thompson, David. " Field Guide: Honolulu Behind Bars" ( Archive). Honolulu. July 9, 2012. Retrieved on February 7, 2016.
  4. ^ " New jailhouse ready for first inmates" ( Archive). Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Wednesday June 13, 2001. Retrieved on December 30, 2009.
  5. ^ " H.C.R. NO. 31" ( Archive). Government of Hawaii. Retrieved on February 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Bounty hunter Duane 'Dog' Chapman arrested". Associated Press. September 21, 2006.

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Latitude and Longitude:

21°20′01″N 157°55′41″W / 21.333597°N 157.928093°W / 21.333597; -157.928093