Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
|Security class||Administrative facility|
|Managed by||Federal Bureau of Prisons|
|Warden||Marti Licon-Vitale |
The Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC New York) is a United States federal administrative detention facility in the Civic Center of Lower Manhattan, New York City, located on Park Row behind the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse at Foley Square. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.
MCC New York holds male and female prisoners of all security levels. 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.
The Los Angeles Times stated that the prison is often referred to as the "Guantanamo of New York", and The New York Times stated that its administrative segregation units had severe security measures.
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.
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. After being extradited to the United States, Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was housed in the facility.
In March 2020, federal investigators discovered a loaded gun which had been smuggled into 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[update], it had 796 inmates, both male and female, which is far more than its design capacity of 449. 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 in the common area). Offices, classes, and computers are located on the unit's second floor. The jail is chronically understaffed.
Inmates in the 10-South wing are locked inside single-man cells 23 hours a day that are continuously monitored by CCTV cameras and have lights on at all times. Prisoners are kept isolated: their cells are equipped with showers, and the only time they're taken outside their cells is for exercise in an indoor cage. No outdoor recreation is permitted. Most 10-South prisoners are subject to special administrative measures, which severely restrict their communication with other prisoners and with the outside world.
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. The wing has leaky plumbing that results in prisoners encountering pools of standing water and sewage, and it also has rodent and cockroach infestations.
Notable inmates (current and former)
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Photo||Status||Details|
|Abu Hamza al-Masri||67495-054||Transferred to ADX Florence.||Egyptian cleric and former associate of deceased Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; extradited from the UK in 2012; convicted in 2014 of masterminding the 1998 kidnapping of Westerners in Yemen and conspiring to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999.|
|Abu Anas al-Libi
|Al-Libi died on January 2, 2015, while awaiting trial; al-Fawwaz is serving life in prison at ADX Florence.||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.|
|Joaquín Guzmán||89914-053||Sentenced to life plus 30 years. Now at ADX Florence.||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||Charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering. 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 on July 31, 2018.||Racketeering charges|
|Jeffrey Epstein||76318-054||Found dead in prison on August 10, 2019; after being removed from a suicide watch.||Sex trafficking charges. It was the first recorded suicide at MCC in 13 years.|
|Akayed Ullah||79827-054||Serving a life sentence.||Convicted in 2018 for terrorism in a plot to bomb the New York City 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.|
|Ross Ulbricht||18870-111||Transferred to USP Florence High, and finally transferred to USP Tucson.||Creator and operator of the darknet market website the Silk Road.|
|Michael Avenatti||86743-054||Convicted, awaiting sentencing||Convicted in New York of attempting to extort Nike and honest services fraud related to his client; also facing two other pending trials relating to tax evasion, filing false tax returns and allegations of defrauding clients including Stormy Daniels.|
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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.
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