FCI Oakdale | Oakdale Federal Prison

Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale is a low-security federal prison located in Oakdale, Louisiana. It is also known as FCI Oakdale and Otisville Correctional Facility. FCI Oakdale Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are also housed at both federal prisons.

FCI Oakdale Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale
1507 East Whatley Road
Oakdale, LA 71463

Phone: 318-335-4070
Fax: 318-215-2688
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Oakdale

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Oakdale
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Oakdale, LA 71463

FCI Oakdale Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Oakdale Camp
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Oakdale, LA 71463

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Low-Security Federal Prison

Facility Location

FCI Oakdale is located in central Louisiana, 35 miles south of Alexandria, 58 miles north of Lake Charles, off State Highway 165 on Whatley Road.

BOP Region

South Central Region

BOP Institution Code

OAK for FCI Oakdale, OAX for Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex

Medical Care Level

Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 2.

Judicial District

Western District of Louisiana

Population Number

FCI Oakdale houses approximately 900 inmates.

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FCI Oakdale Prison Services Information


Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale is a low-security federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, which houses male inmates. It opened in 1986 and is part of the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex. Oakdale prison camp, which also houses male inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.

In 1987, only a year after it opened, the inmates rioted and burned most of FCI Oakdale to the ground. The facility reopened in its current capacity in 1989.

Notable inmates include Louisiana Congressman William J. Jefferson (sentenced to 13 years for bribery, racketeering, and money laundering); Max Butner (sentenced to 13 years for computer hacking and wire fraud after stealing credit card information from two million customers and amounting to $86 million in fraudulent charges); and former CEO of WorldCom Bernie Ebbers (sentenced to 25 years for securities fraud following his part in the company’s collapse, which resulted in an estimated $100 billion in losses).

Media reports indicate that two inmates have been indicted for orchestrating an escape attempt, while a third inmate was indicted for filing fraudulent tax returns.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in four housing units. Housing units are in a dorm structure, divided between two-person cells and four- to six-person rooms. At the camp, inmates are housed in dormitories.

Health Services

Inmates at FCI Oakdale are provided necessary medical, dental, and mental health services, emergency medical and dental care, medications, periodic health examinations, and eyeglasses. Inmates new to the institution with contact lenses will be evaluated for the medical necessity of contact lenses. If contact lenses are not medically indicated, the inmate will be provided with eyeglasses. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day. Inmates must attend sick call at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in order to be evaluated for routine care. Pill line and insulin line are conducted during breakfast and dinner.

Psychology Services

For inmates that require psychological care, FCI Oakdale offers screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health and drug abuse problems, individual and group counseling, psycho-educational classes, self-help and supportive services, and referral to Health Services for medical treatment of a mental illness. Several residential mental health programs designed to help inmates with severe emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems are available for those having difficulty functioning in a mainline Institution. Inmates requiring such care can be referred for such program placement. Open house hours are 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Oakdale does not have the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but it does offer a Drug Abuse Education course and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP).

FCI Oakdale Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Oakdale provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. An incentive of $25.00 is awarded to inmates who complete a GED class by passing the Official General Education Development Examination (GED). A Certificate of Achievement is awarded for completion of levels 1 and 2 of the literacy program. An incentive of $25.00 is also awarded to inmates who complete the ESL class by passing the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System Examination (CASAS). A parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes are also offered. Current ACE classes include baking, Spanish, typing, construction, CDL, business, and real estate. Self-study courses are offered as a part of the ACE program. A high school diploma or GED is necessary for some programs. The facility also offers a sewing program. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of Friday night. On Saturday, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Excluded from these hours of operation are meals, counts, and other institutional recalls.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Oakdale does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.

Vocational Training

FCI Oakdale does not offer any vocational training aside from the apprenticeship programs.


FCI Oakdale offers apprenticeships in the areas of Building Trade and Horticulture. The satellite camp offers an apprenticeship program in Welding.

Library Services

FCI Oakdale offers both a law and leisure library. The law library provides legal materials via the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. Typewriters and a copy machine are also available. A leisure library offers inmates a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, reference materials, and periodicals. Titles unavailable in the library may be obtained through the interlibrary loan services. Library services are extended to all inmates. Commissary cards are required to check out library materials.


The FCI Oakdale UNICOR facility produces clothing and textiles.


Inmates are allowed to shop once each week and are allowed to spend up to $360.00 per month. Inmates are further restricted to a $180 biweekly spending limitation. The shopping day is determined by the fourth and fifth digit of the inmate’s BOP register number. A biometric fingerprint process is used to identify each inmate prior to commissary sales. Inmates who are fingerprint exempt must have in their possession their commissary card. A variety of items can be purchased in the commissary such as food, beverages, clothing, electronics, and more. Shopping is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during breakfast and lunch.

Recreation Services

The FCI Oakdale Recreation Department offers both indoor and outdoor activities. The gymnasium area comprises the Recreation Supervisor’s office and the basketball court area. The inside recreation space includes a hobby craft area. This area houses the tool room for the hobby craft activities, an art room, and a classroom. Activities include leathercraft, basket weaving, woodwork, yarn art, stick craft, free-lance painting, and drawing. Indoor activities also include dominoes, chess, card games, checkers, Yahtzee, backgammon, and Scrabble. The outside recreation yard has a running track, soccer and football fields, bocce ball lanes, horseshoe pits, four handball/racquetball courts, tennis/basketball court, softball field, and two volleyball courts. Court games such as handball, racquetball, tennis, horseshoes, basketball, bocce ball, and pickleball are available. The intramural sports program includes basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, and softball. Organized fitness programs include run/walk clubs, fitness clubs, and a Wellness Program. Music-related activities and programs are also available for inmate participation. Instruction is available in guitar and various percussion instruments. TVs are also available for watching sports. Hours of operation are 6:00 to 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the weekends, hours of operation are 6:45 to 9:15 a.m., 10:30 to 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Visitation Information for FCI Oakdale

On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Oakdale Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale

While some felt that this yard is moderately political, others felt that it was not political. Multiple respondents stated that Paisas cannot walk the yard, though. One respondent stated that “the racial groups sometimes gather in the yard for car meetings.”

Level of Violence

There is a fairly low level of violence at this facility. According to one respondent, “there are perhaps a dozen fights per year.” Another respondent stated that while there is minimal violence that he did “not feel safe” on the yard. The same respondent stated that the compound has been locked down two times in the past three months due to violence.

Vulnerable Populations

Sex offenders, informants, and LGBT inmates can walk the yard. According to one inmate, “It’s a PC yard, so everyone can walk.” Another respondent agreed, stating, “Sex offenders, snitches, transgenders, and gays can walk the yard. They tend to not have many problems due to there being so many of them.”

Good at FCI Oakdale

“Good quality food, but bad portions.” “The food isn’t too bad.”

Bad at FCI Oakdale

“The compound is run by the prison guard’s union, so they are very reluctant to change anything from the way it was when it was a Medium years ago.” “Very limited rec.” “Staff and inmates have bad attitudes.” “No rehabilitative programs for sex offenders.” “Unit Teams are very disrespectful. When you try to speak with them, they blow you off and do all they can to not help.”

Other Inmate Comments

“The administration is corrupt. Nepotism is everywhere and they simply mistreat people.”

FCI Oakdale in the News

In March 2018, John Michael McConnell was arrested, accused of fraudulently obtaining over $170,000 in tax refunds between 2010 and 2017 while he was in prison, including at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale.

In October 2003, David Lara and Heriberto Morales, prisoners at FCI Oakdale, were federally indicted after an informant revealed their plans to escape using homemade bombs and a distraction.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale

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 Oakdale, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.