Facility Address & Contact Information
Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn
80 – 29th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/bro/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 329002
Brooklyn, NY 11232
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: MDC Brooklyn is located in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York City.
BOP Region: Northeast Region (NER)
BOP Institution Code: BRO for MDC Brooklyn
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Eastern District of New York
Population (as of Sept. 14, 2020): 1,401
Background: MDC Brooklyn was opened in 1994. It houses pre-trial and pre-sentence detainees. Notable inmates include New York City mobster Vincent Asaro (sentenced in October 2017 for car arson), Linda Weston (indicted in 2013 and serving a life sentence for murder, racketeering, and hate crimes), and current MSNBC host Al Sharpton (served 90 days for trespassing on federal property in 2001).
Housing: Inmates are housed in cells with two or more bunks.
Health Services: Sick call, dental call, emergency services, and medications are all provided to inmates. Inmates must submit a Sick Call form in order to be evaluated by Health Services. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: The Psychology Department at MDC Brooklyn provides mental health services to those inmates who have a history of mental illness and who have difficulty adjusting to incarceration. Staff members are assigned to individual floors in order to expedite addressing inmate mental health concerns. Inmates are required to submit an “Inmate Request to Staff” form in non-emergency situations to the Psychology Department. Medication for psychiatric patients is usually continued upon admission to the institution. If there is a need for psychiatric medication the inmate will be placed on the list to see the psychiatrist.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): MDC Brooklyn does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The Drug Education Class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP) are available.
Education Services: MDC Brooklyn provides GED and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: MDC Brooklyn does not offer any advanced occupational education.
Vocational Training: MDC Brooklyn does not offer any vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: MDC Brooklyn does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: A leisure library and law library are available to inmates. Law books are for reference and may not be removed from the law library for any reason. A photocopy machine is available in the Education Department and can be utilized by inmates with the purchase of copy cards from the Commissary. Leisure books can be checked out of the main libraries during each floor’s respective library sessions. Inmates confined in SHU can request leisure books through the appropriate request form.
UNICOR: MDC Brooklyn does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Inmates have the right to use funds for commissary and other purchases, consistent with institution security and good order, for opening bank and/or savings accounts, and for assisting family. Prisoners are permitted to spend up to $90 per week for regular and special purchases. Food, snacks, drinks, electronics, and other items can be purchased in the commissary.
Recreation Services: The MDC Brooklyn Recreation Department consists of indoor and outdoor areas. Leisure activities include participation in organized and informal games, wellness activities, curricular and extracurricular activities, sports, social activities, artwork, physical fitness, table games, and board games. Recreation staff is available to provide assistance in planning and organizing recreational activities.
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 MDC Brooklyn, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.