Federal Detention Center, Honolulu

Coordinates: 21°20′01″N 157°55′41″W / 21.333597°N 157.928093°W / 21.333597; -157.928093
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Federal Detention Center, Honolulu
FDC Honolulu as seen from Gate 55 in the Inter-Island Terminal at Honolulu International Airport.
LocationHonolulu, Hawaii
Security classAdministrative Security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenEstela Derr
Street address351 Elliott Street
ZIP Code96819

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)[edit]

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]
Justin K. Wilcox 91349-022 Sentenced to 24 years; Release date is October 15, 2038. Currently at FCI Safford Sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 24 years for his roles in conspiracies to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and commit money laundering, respectively. Wilcox pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Wilcox also received with five- and three-year concurrent terms of supervised release to follow imprisonment.[7]
Nicholas Ochs 12336-122 Now at FCI Butner Leader of the Proud Boys Hawaii chapter. Arrested upon returning from Washington, D.C. at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for participating in the U.S. Capitol attack.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Bureau of Prisons. "FDC Honolulu". www.bop.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2023.
  2. ^ Bosworth, Mary (July 19, 2002). The U.S. Federal Prison System. SAGE Publications. p. 235. ISBN 978-0-7619-2304-6.
  3. ^ Thompson, David (July 9, 2012). "Field Guide: Honolulu Behind Bars". Honolulu Magazine. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Daranciang, Nelson (June 13, 2001). "New jailhouse ready for first inmates". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2023.
  5. ^ "H.C.R. No. 31". Hawaii House of Representatives. 2016. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2023.
  6. ^ "Bounty hunter Duane 'Dog' Chapman arrested". TODAY.com. September 21, 2006. Retrieved December 8, 2023.
  7. ^ U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Hawaii (June 17, 2021). "Kailua man receives over 24 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering". www.justice.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2023.
  8. ^ Bernardo, Rosemarie (January 15, 2021). "Federal judge orders 'Proud Boys Hawaii' founder to surrender passport". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 8, 2023.

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