Facility Address & Contact Information
Metropolitan Detention Center Guaynabo
652 Carreta 28
Guaynabo, PR 00965
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/gua/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 2005
Catano, PR 00963
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 Guaynabo is located 6 miles west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, off Highway 22, at the intersection of Road 165 and Road 28.
BOP Region: Southeast Region (SER)
BOP Institution Code: GUA for MDC Guaynabo
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: District of Puerto Rico
Population (as of Sept. 23, 2020): 1,107
Background: MDC Guaynabo was opened in 1992. It is a United States federal prison facility in Puerto Rico which holds male and female inmates of all security levels who are awaiting trial or sentencing. Notable inmates include Puerto Rico’s most wanted fugitive Jose Figueroa-Agosto (apprehended in 2010 for drug trafficking conspiracy and money laundering).
Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells.
Health Services: MDC Guaynabo provides physical examinations, sick call, dental care, prescriptions through the pharmacy, dental care, female health care services, HIV testing, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) education. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: MDC Guaynabo offers psychological assessments, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, and referrals to Health Services. Notices of upcoming treatment offerings are posted in inmate housing units.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): MDC Guaynabo does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, it does offer screening for RDAP. It also offers a Drug Education class and the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP). Inmates who complete NR-DAP receive $30.
Education Services: MDC Guaynabo offers literary, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses, often taught by inmate instructors under the direction of Education Department staff, are also offered. ACE courses include Small Business, College Board, and Advanced Math. High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: MDC Guaynabo does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: MDC Guaynabo does not offer any vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: MDC Guaynabo does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: Leisure and law libraries are available for inmates. In the leisure library, inmates can check out fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers. In the law library, inmates have access to the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library.
UNICOR: MDC Guaynabo does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Inmates are allowed to spend $360.00 per month on designated shopping days. Approved special purchase items, over-the-counter medications, and postage stamps are not counted against the spending limit. Items such as food, snacks, drinks, and radios can be purchased.
Recreation Services: MDC Guaynabo offers a hobby craft program, structured classes (e.g., fitness, nutrition, human anatomy, exercise physiology, and smoking cessation), a variety of sports clinics (e.g., basketball), table games (e.g., chess, dominoes, pool), a sewing program for the female population, and special activities during the holidays.
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 Guaynabo, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.