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Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York

The Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC New York) is a United States federal administrative detention facility in Manhattan, New York, which holds male and female prisoners of all security levels. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York
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LocationManhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°42′47″N 74°00′07″W / 40.71306°N 74.00194°W / 40.71306; -74.00194Coordinates: 40°42′47″N 74°00′07″W / 40.71306°N 74.00194°W / 40.71306; -74.00194
Security classAdministrative facility
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenJames Petrucci (acting)[2]

Most prisoners held at MCC New York have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. MCC New York also holds prisoners serving brief sentences.[1]

The Los Angeles Times stated that the prison is often referred to as the "Guantanamo of New York",[3] and The New York Times stated that its administrative segregation units had severe security measures.[4]



Opened in 1975 in the Civic Center neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, MCC New York was the first high-rise facility to be used by the Bureau of Prisons. Prisoners are assigned to one of 10 separate, self-contained housing units, resulting in little movement within the facility. In 2002, it was widely reported that MCC New York was severely overcrowded.[5]

Numerous high-profile individuals have been held at MCC New York during court proceedings, including Gambino crime family bosses John Gotti and Jackie D'Amico, drug dealer Frank Lucas, Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff, terrorists Omar Abdel Rahman and Ramzi Yousef, financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and weapons trafficker Viktor Bout.[6] After being extradited to the United States, Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was housed in the facility.


The correctional center is housed in a 12-story high-rise building located at 150 Park Row in the Civic Center neighborhood. As of 1 February 2017, it had 796 inmates, both male and female, which is far more than its design capacity of 449.[7][8] The facility has one female wing; seven General Population male wings, six of which feature cells and one is a dorm; one Special Housing Unit (SHU); and one "supermax" unit. Each unit takes up two stories. All General Population units feature a gym (no weights), a kitchen (microwaves, hot water, ice), and five TV sets (one in the gym and four on the floor). Offices, classes, and computers are located on the unit's second floor. The jail is chronically understaffed.[8]

Inmates in the 10-South wing are locked inside single-man cells 23 hours a day with lights and CCTVs on at all times. The cells are equipped with a shower. In 10-South the food is served only by a "white shirt" (Sergeant or Lieutenant), never by a "blue shirt" (Correctional Officer).[citation needed]

The 9-South wing is a designated SHU. It houses inmates that violated prison rules; new arrivals that have not been medically cleared for General Population yet; and inmates in Protective Custody (PC). Both inmates in a cell are cuffed at the back through a food slot every time the cell door is to be opened. Inmates are escorted to the shower three times a week, always cuffed.[citation needed] The wing has leaky plumbing that results in inmates encountering pools of standing water and sewage, and it also has rodent and cockroach infestations.[9]

Notable inmates (current and former)Edit

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Abu Anas al-Libi

Khalid al-Fawwaz

Al-Libi died on January 2, 2015 while awaiting trial; al-Fawwaz is serving life in prison at ADX Florence.[10] High-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives; indicted in 2000 on conspiracy charges stemming from Al Qaeda's 1998 bombings of two US embassies in East Africa, which killed 224 people.[11]
Joaquín Guzmán 89914-053 Sentenced to life plus 30 years. Now at ADX Florence.[12] Known as "El Chapo" Guzmán, who on two prior occasions was able to escape High Security Facilities in Mexico, was extradited to the United States in 2017. He was accused of being the leader of a drug cartel with thousands of members, whose earnings are estimated to be in the billions. The charge coming out of the United States Court, Eastern District of New York, asserts that he and other members of the Sinaloa Cartel have used hired assassins to carry out murders, kidnappings, and torture. Time Out New York reported in August 2018 that the Brooklyn Bridge could be closed to traffic twice a day when Guzmán is transported across the river to face trial at the Federal District Court in Brooklyn.
Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov 79715-054 Pending trial Sayfullo is being held in MCC, New York on suspicion of perpetrating a terrorist attack in New York City. He is charged with Providing material support for a terrorist organization and Destruction of a motor vehicle.
Patrick Ho 76101-054 Convicted, Sentenced[13] Charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering.[14] Three years' imprisonment and fined $400,000 in March 2019.
Daryl Campbell 75951-054 Now at Brooklyn MDC. Plead guilty to federal gun charges
John Zancocchio 48744-080 Released at July 31, 2018. Racketeering charges[15]
Jeffrey Epstein 76318-054 Found dead in prison of apparent suicide on August 10, 2019; after being removed from a suicide watch.[16][17][18] Sex trafficking charges
Akayed Ullah 79827-054 convicted awaiting sentencing Convicted in 2018 for terrorism in a plot to destroy a NYC Subway with explosives
Paul Manafort 35207-016 Convicted Former Trump campaign manager, lobbyist, political consultant, and lawyer. Sentenced for lobbying violations and bank and tax fraud. Moved from FCI Loretto in June 2019. Expected to be released December 24, 2024, moved back to Loretto in August 2019.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "MCC New York". Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  2. ^ "New York warden reassigned after Jeffrey Epstein's death; two staffers placed on leave". USA Today.
  3. ^ Demick, Barbara; Patrick J. McDonnell (20 January 2017). "Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has a new home: The Guantanamo of New York". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  4. ^ Goldstein, Joseph (23 January 2017). "Manhattan Jail That Holds El Chapo Is Called Tougher Than Guantánamo Bay". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  5. ^ Bosworth, Mary (2002). The US Federal Prison System. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. p. 272. ISBN 9780761923046.
  6. ^ McShane, Larry (13 March 2009). "Inside Bernard Madoff's new home: the Metropolitan Correctional Center prison in Manhattan". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Metropolitan Correctional Center New York". Zoukis Prisoner Resources. Archived from the original on 8 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b Neumeister, Larry; Mustian, Jim; Sisak, Michael R. (12 August 2019). "Federal New York lockup draws new scrutiny in Epstein death". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  9. ^ Watkins, Ali; Ivory, Danielle; Goldbaum, Christina (17 August 2019). "Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2019. Beyond its isolation, the wing is infested with rodents and cockroaches, and inmates often have to navigate standing water — as well as urine and fecal matter — that spills from faulty plumbing, accounts from former inmates and lawyers said. One lawyer said mice often eat his clients’ papers.
  10. ^ Jomana, Karadsheh (3 January 2015). "Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi dies in U.S. hospital, family says". CNN. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  11. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (15 October 2013). "Terror Suspect Caught in Libya Appears in Manhattan Court". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  12. ^ "El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty". BBC. 12 February 2019. Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug trafficking trial at a federal court in New York.
  13. ^ Lum, Alvin; Emma Kazryan (6 December 2018). "Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping convicted in US court on 7 of 8 counts in bribery and money-laundering case". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  14. ^ Cheng, Kris (23 November 2017). "All parties deny involvement after US arrests ex-Hong Kong top official Patrick Ho on multi-million dollar bribery charges". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  15. ^ DeGregory, Priscilla; Italiano, Laura (12 January 2018). "'Boobsie,' 'Porky' among names in Bonanno mob bust". New York Post. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein dies by suicide in Manhattan jail; Death raises 'serious questions,' AG Barr says". ABC7 New York. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Guards 'severely overworked' at time of Epstein's death". BBC News. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death". Washington Post. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.

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