MCC New York is a federal prison in New York, NY. While the facility houses inmates of all security levels, it primarily houses inmates pending trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Learn more about Metropolitan Correctional Center New York below.
MCC New York Address & Contact Information
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/nym/
MCC New York Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
MCC New York
Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007
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Metropolitan Correctional Center New York houses both male and female inmates and detainees.
Prison Security Level
MCC Manhattan is an administrative security prison housing inmates designated to multiple security levels. These include both sentenced inmates and those awaiting trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Inmate Population Number
MCC New York currently houses 609 male and female inmates and detainees.
MCC New York Location
MCC New York is located in downtown Manhattan, adjacent to Foley Square and across the street from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The prison is overseen by the BOP’s Northeast Region (NER).
BOP Institution Code
The prison’s institutional code is NYM for MCC New York.
This prison is located within the Southern District of New York federal district.
Medical Care and Mental Health Care Level
Medical Care Level
MCC New York is a Medical Care Level 2 facility. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York is a Mental Health Care Level 2 prison.
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York Background
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York is an administrative-security federal prison in New York, New York, which houses both male and female inmates. It was opened in 1975.
MCC New York is a 12-story high-rise housing primarily pre-trial and pre-sentence detainees, as well as holdover inmates. Most prisoners held at MCC New York have cases pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The facility also holds prisoners serving brief sentences. According to the Los Angeles Times, the prison is often referred to as the “Guantanamo of New York,” and The New York Times reported that its administrative segregation units have severe security measures. Amnesty International stated that the conditions of MCC New York “fall short of international standards for humane treatment.”
Numerous high-profile individuals have been held at MCC New York City during court proceedings, including Gambino crime family bosses John Gotti and Jackie D’Amico, Bonanno crime family member John Zancocchio, Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab, drug kingpin Frank Lucas, Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff, terrorists Omar Abdel Rahman and Ramzi Yousef, weapons trafficker Victor Bout, and multi-U.S. embassy bomber Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. In January 2017, after being extradited to the United States, Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘‘El Chapo” Guzman was housed in the facility.
Media reports indicate that one MCC Manhattan guard was indicted for raping a detainee, a lieutenant was charged with beating a handcuffed detainee, three guards were indicted for smuggling drugs into the institution, and one guard was indicted for applying for fraudulent unemployment benefits. In addition, at least one inmate who was assaulted required hospitalization and at least one inmate has been murdered at the facility.
Inmate Housing at Metropolitan Correctional Center New York
Inmates in general population are housed in one of 10 housing units. Two of the housing units each have 20-person dormitories, while the other eight consist of two-person cells. The facility also houses a Special Housing Unit.
MCC New York Healthcare, Psychology Treatment, and Substance Abuse Programs
Health Services for MCC New York City Inmates
Health care includes general medical and dental treatment. This includes nutritious meals, proper bedding and clothing, a laundry schedule, regular showers, a regular exercise period, and toiletry articles. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day. MCC Manhattan inmates must submit sick call forms for routine health care needs.
Psychology Services for Metropolitan Correctional Center New York Prisoners
Psychology services include screening for signs of suicide and referral to the Psychology Department to address emergency concerns.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
The facility does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The Drug Education Class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are also available.
MCC New York Education Services
GED courses are available to inmates at MCC New York. Both a leisure and law library are also available to the inmate population. The facility does not offer any advanced occupational education, vocational training, or apprenticeship programs.
Advanced Occupational Education
MCC New York City does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
MCC New York does not offer any vocational training programs.
MCC New York does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services at MCC New York
Inmates at MCC New York are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. The library also provides a wide range of reading materials for educational and recreational purposes, including magazines and newspapers.
MCC New York does not house a UNICOR facility.
Inmate Commissary at MCC New York City
Inmates are allowed to spend up to $360.00 on commissary purchases monthly. Popular items include food, beverages, radios, and other items. Please see below for the current inmate commissary list.
Recreation Services at Metropolitan Correctional Center New York
Inmates at MCC New York City have limited access to recreation facilities. Most of the activities occur inside the facility, including watching movies.
MCC New York Visitation Information
Visitation is held between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. On federal holidays, visitation is held between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visitation is further segmented based on each inmate’s housing unit. On Monday, Z-A (9 South/SHU) and B-A (Unit 2 – Females) Units are allowed visitation. On Tuesday, K-S Unit (11 South) has visitation. On Wednesday, G-S (7 South) and G-N (7 North) Units have visitation. On Thursday, I-N (9 North) and E-N (5 North) Units have visitation. On Friday, K-N Unit (11 North) and K-S (11 South) Units have visitation. And on Saturday and Sunday E-S Unit (5 South – CADRE) has visitation.
Please see below for the actual MCC New York visitation policies.
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York In the News
On August 10, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell. Facing charges for sexual trafficking of minors, he hung himself in his prison cell. The FBI announced it was investigating the incident.
In August 2018, John Zancocchio of the Bonanno crime family, whose lawyer persuaded a federal judge to release him prior to trial because the food at Metropolitan Correctional Center New York “dangerously exasperates [sic] his condition,” was caught on camera buying a hot dog from a Manhattan street vendor.
In April 2018, Victor Casado, a guard at MCC New York, was charged with taking more than $45,000 in bribes from wealthy Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab to smuggle cell phones, alcohol, and other contraband into the facility for him.
In February 2018, retired cop Nicholas Tartaglione, who was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Martin Santos-Luna, Urbano Morales-Santiago, Miguel Sosa- Luna and Hector Gutierrez, was attacked, hospitalized for two-and-a-half-weeks, and returned to solitary confinement (i.e., Special Housing Unit) at MCC New York.
In 2018, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo was held in the most secure section of Metropolitan Correctional Center New York while awaiting trial.
In September 2017, civil rights attorney Andrew Laufer sued the Bureau of Prisons, alleging that after prisoner Robert Grant was beaten to death at MCC New York in May 2015, prison staff tried to cover it up, telling the man’s family that he died of an overdose.
In January 2017, activist Martin Gottesfeld, who was in solitary confinement at MCC New York City for his involvement in a cyber-attack of Boston health care facilities in defense of a patient, wrote an open letter to the Attorney General, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, the Bureau of Prisons’ Acting Director, and the Huffington Post alleging prisoner mistreatment and inadequate medical care.
In June 2016, Andrew Kessler, a guard at Metropolitan Correctional Center New York, was arrested and charged with applying for nearly $14,000 worth of fraudulent unemployment benefits.
In May 2016, Rudell Mullings, a guard at MCC New York City, was sentenced to seven years in prison for forcibly raping a female prisoner.
In February 2016, The Intercept reported that MCC New York’s pre-trial isolation practices are worse than Guantanamo, according to at least one prisoner who has been held at both facilities and an attorney who has represented clients at both locations.
In 2014, a report by Human Rights Watch noted the brutal nature of life and the extreme conditions of isolation at MCC New York.
In 2011, Amnesty International reported that the conditions of Metropolitan Correctional Center New York “fall short of international standards for humane treatment.”
In June 2009, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who was being held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2006 for the bombings of U.S. embassies and the murder of 224 people, was transferred to MCC New York to face criminal prosecution.
In 2005, Edwin Williams, a guard at Metropolitan Correctional Center New York, was arrested for taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle contraband, such as marijuana, tobacco, and food to prisoners.
In 2003, Edward Mulroney, a lieutenant at MCC Manhattan, beat a prisoner who was handcuffed and held down by two other guards, resulting in fractures to the prisoner’s eye socket and cheekbone.
In 1998, Roy Thomas, a guard at Metropolitan Correctional Center New York, was charged with conspiring with a jailed drug dealer to steal 100 kg of cocaine from a rival drug dealer and then sell the drugs himself. Thomas was also accused of taking $1,500 from the jailed drug dealer to smuggle in contraband.
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MCC New York Visitation Policies
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Legal Visitation Policies
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Metropolitan Correctional Center New York Admission & Orientation Handbook
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PREA Report for Metropolitan Correctional Center New York
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Spanish Visitation Regulations
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MCC New York Commissary List
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