Dublin Federal Correctional Institution


Dublin Federal Correctional Institution

Dublin Federal Correctional Institution

At Dublin Federal Institution, there is a low security federal correctional institution, a minimum security satellite camp, and a detention center.  Located in Dublin of Alameda County, California, FCI Dublin is a prison that holds only female offenders. The facility currently holds 1,169 prisoners with 973 inmates at the FCI and 196 inmates at the Camp.  FCI Dublin has 3 separate buildings for housing.  Each building contains 2 pods.  Each pod has either 56 or 61 double celled units.  For the Special Housing Unit, there are 16 beds available.  The detention center contains 122 cells, including 3 cells for offenders who need to be placed in the FDC's Special Housing Unit.  The prison camp has 2 housing units for inmates.  These housing units contain both open bay and multiple occupancy rooms that can house up to 328 inmates.  

In order for prisoners to become law abiding citizens, FCI Dublin has several programs and services that will help the inmates adapt to a more citizen-like lifestyle.  Educational Programs include the Pre-GED Program, the GED Program, and English as a Second Language course.  Prisoners can also be involved in vocational training and forms of post-secondary education.  The prison also offers a Residential Drug Abuse Program, along with a 40 hour drug education and intervention program.  Religious services and other psychological programs are also provided at the facilities.  At the Camp, prisoners will often participate in work.  The Camp lines several work projects up for the prisoners.  These projects involve work for the Camp Parks Military Reserve and the National Park Services.  A factory ran by UNICOR has provided around 200 FCI Dublin inmates with jobs. 

On November 6th, 1986 one of the most notable incidents at FCI Dublin occurred. On this day a former prison escapee, Ronald McIntosh, landed a stolen helicopter in the exercise yard of the FCI.  McIntosh was able to escape with one of Dublin's prisoners - Samantha Lopez.  Lopez was sentenced at Dublin Federal Correctional Institution for 50 years due to a major bank robbery.  Lopez and McIntosh met years ago and devised this escape plan.  The two escapists were not free for very long.  10 days after their escape they were found and arrested by FBI agents.  As a result, McIntosh received a 25 year sentence and Lopez had 5 years added on to her sentence.


Visiting Hours at Dublin Federal Correctional Institution:

  • Both the FCI and Camp allows visitors on weekends and federal holidays.  Visiting hours at both of the facilities will be from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. each day.
  • There is also a Federal Detention Center at the facility.  Visits to the FDC will follow the same visiting schedule as the other two facilities. 
  • In order for someone to visit an inmate, they must be placed on the inmate's approved visiting list.  An inmate can have up to 25 requested visitors on the visiting list.
  • Visitors must come by 1:00 P.M.  After 1:00, visitors will no longer be processed.
  • The institution and the camp allow a prisoner up to 5 visitors at a time.  This number excludes young children who could sit on the lap of their parent.
  • Offenders at the detention center are granted up to 3 visitors at a time.  This number also excludes young children.
  • The FDC only permits visitors who are immediate family to the inmate.  Visits to the detention center will not exceed a 1 hour duration. 
  • Visits will be terminated once the visiting room overcrowds.  The Operations Lieutenant and Institution Duty Officer will take into consideration how far a visitor traveled, how frequent they visit, and how long their visit has been before terminating a visit.
  • Any visitor who is 16 and older must provide photo identification in order to enter the visiting area.  Anyone who is younger than 16 cannot enter the visiting room without a parent or adult over the age of 18.
  • Visitors will be scanned with a metal detector prior to enter the visiting area.  Visitors will sometimes be randomly screened prior to their entrance to the institution.
  • Visits to the Special Housing Unit can last up to 3 hours.  Meanwhile, at the Special Supervision Unit a visit can be no longer than 1 hour.
  • A maximum of $35.00 per adult is permitted in the facility.  However, this money may only be used for the refreshments provided by the vending machines.
  • If a visitor is bringing along an infant, the following items are authorized into the facility:
    • 3 empty, clear baby bottles per child
    • Sealed container of formula
    • 4 unopened jars of baby food
    • 10 diapers
  • Any authorized items that are being brought into the institution should be placed in a clear plastic bag.  This plastic bag should measure no larger than 8" by 10".


Physical Address:

Dublin Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th Street - Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568



Inmate Mailing Address:

For inmates at the FCI:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Dublin Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th Street - Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568

For inmates at the Camp:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Dublin Federal Correctional Institution Satellite Camp
5675 8th Street Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568