Facility Address & Contact Information
Metropolitan Correctional Center Chicago
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/ccc/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
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Sex: Male and Female Prisoners
Security Level: Administrative (Multiple Security Levels)
Location: MCC Chicago is located in downtown Chicago, at the intersections of Clark Street and Van Buren Street.
BOP Region: North Central Region (NCR)
BOP Institution Code: CCC for MCC Chicago
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Northern District of Illinois
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): 555
Background: The 26-story high-rise was opened in 1975 and houses primarily pre-trial and pre-sentencing detainees. Notable inmates include high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez and Tomas Arevalo-Renteria (currently awaiting trial for drug trafficking), radio personality Kevin Trudeau (serving a 10-year sentence for criminal contempt), Thomas Zajac (serving a 35-year sentence for using a destructive device), and author Piper Kerman (completed the last few months of her 15-month sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering at MCC Chicago).
Housing: There are cells and dormitories for both male and female inmates.
Health Services: The Health Services Unit includes dental, medical, x-ray, and laboratory testing capabilities. Inmates receive a physical examination if they are at the prison for at least 10 days. The possible exception to this rule concerns inmates who are being transferred to MCC Chicago from another BOP facility. Inmates with chronic medical conditions are enrolled in a clinic to see a Primary Care Practitioner and a supervising physician. Inmates may retain non-metal, non-tinted, prescription glasses in their possession at the time of arrival. Repairs for non-Bureau of Prisons supplied glasses are at the inmate’s expense. The Health Services Administrator approves contact lenses only when an MCC Chicago clinician or one of their providers documents that standard prescription glasses will not address visual deficits. Preventive health care services, emergency services, dental services, and medications are also provided.
Psychology Services: MCC Chicago provides initial evaluations, along with group therapy. Typical offerings include anger management. Emergency psychological care is also available.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): This facility does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are available.
Education Services: MCC Chicago provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. The facility also offers a parenting program and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: MCC Chicago does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: MCC Chicago does not offer any vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: There are no apprenticeship programs available at MCC Chicago.
Library Services: The TRULINCS Electronic Law Library, which is located in the Education Department where inmates can access legal materials and prepare legal documents. A leisure library is also available, where inmates can check out fiction and nonfiction books, newspapers, and magazines.
UNICOR: MCC Chicago does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: The commissary spending limit is $360.00 per month. Inmates can purchase hygiene items, food, drinks, electronics, and other items.
Recreation Services: Recreation equipment is available within each housing unit at MCC Chicago. Though space is limited, there is full opportunity to maintain physical fitness with available equipment and scheduled recreational activities. Various board games are also available in the housing units. Hobby craft classes are held twice a week and supplies are provided for all participants.
Visitation Information: See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
Directions to Prison:
For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about MCC Chicago, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.