Facility Address & Contact Information
Metropolitan Correctional Center San Diego
808 Union Street
San Diego, CA 92101
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/sdc/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
MCC San Diego
Metropolitan Correctional Center
808 Union Street
San Diego, CA 92101
NOTE: Funds cannot be sent directly to federal inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners for more information.
Sex: Male and Female
Security Level: Administrative (Multiple Security Levels)
Location: MCC San Diego is located in downtown San Diego, adjacent to the federal courthouse.
BOP Region: Western Region (WXR)
BOP Institution Code: SDC for MCC San Diego
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Southern District of California
Population (as of Sept. 23, 2020): 574
Background: MCC San Diego was the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ first high-rise. It was opened in 1974. Notable inmates include brothers and former U.S. Border Patrol agents Fidel and Raul Villarreal (serving sentences of 30 and 35 years respectively for the operation of a human smuggling ring).
Housing: Inmates are housed in one of nine housing units. Each housing unit contains 48 cells, which are either divided into dormitories or two-person cells.
Health Services: Sick call, chronic care, physical examinations, eyeglasses, medications, and emergency care are available. Inmates must submit a sick call form in order to be evaluated for routine care needs. Emergency health care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: Intake screening, evaluations requested by staff or the court, group and individual treatment, crisis intervention, and psychiatric consultation are available to inmates. Notices are posted in inmate housing units of upcoming treatment groups. In order to participate, inmates must submit an Inmate Request to Staff requesting program placement.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): MCC San Diego does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), but referrals can be made to institutions that do provide RDAP. A Drug Education class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are available.
Education Services: MCC San Diego provides GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs to inmates. Inmates who do not have a GED or high school diploma are required to participate in such classes. Parenting and release preparation classes are also available to inmates. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: MCC San Diego does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: MCC San Diego does not offer any vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: MCC San Diego does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: MCC San Diego offers both a leisure and law library. The leisure library offers magazines, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copying machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use.
UNICOR: MCC San Diego does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Inmates can purchase commissary items on a weekly basis by submitting a commissary sheet. The commissary spending limit is $360.00 per month. Items such as food, snacks, ice cream, electronics, and other items can be purchased. Postage stamps and over-the-counter medications do not count against the spending limit.
Recreation Services: Recreation equipment is available within each MCC San Diego housing unit and on the roof recreation area. Various board games are also available in each housing unit.
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 San Diego, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.