Facility Address & Contact Information
Metropolitan Detention Center Los Angeles
535 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/los/
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
MDC Los Angeles
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90053
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 Los Angeles is located in downtown Los Angeles, off Hollywood Freeway (Highway 101), on the corner of Alameda Street and Aliso Street.
BOP Region: Western Region (WXR)
BOP Institution Code: LOS for MDC Los Angeles
Medical Care Level: Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Judicial District: Central District of California
Population (as of Sept. 23, 2020): 542
Background: MDC Los Angeles was opened in 1989. It primarily houses pre-trial detainees and holdover inmates. MDC Los Angeles has a distinct design, referring to housing areas as rooms rather than cells, using wooden doors instead of iron bars on cell doors, and having plate glass windows, balconies, and atriums. Notable inmates include Jose Cabrera Sablan (serving a life sentence for murdering a correctional officer at USP Atwater in 2008) and Vianna Roman and Aaron Soto (detained while awaiting trial for directing gang activities of extortion, robbery, truck trafficking, and murder).
Housing: Inmates are housed in two-person cells.
Health Services: Intake screening is provided for each inmate upon arrival at the facility. An initial assessment by medical staff includes TB testing. Other services include physical examinations, HIV testing, and dental services. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.
Psychology Services: The mental health services available include crisis intervention, suicide prevention, limited group therapy, limited individual therapy, limited substance abuse treatment, and psychiatric medication consultation.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP): MDC Los Angeles does not house a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, crisis intervention and support to those detoxing from drugs or alcohol abuse and drug and alcohol education groups are offered. The Drug Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are also available.
Education Services: MDC Los Angeles offers literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs for inmates. Successful completion of the GED program results in the awarding of a state-issued diploma and other incentives. These may include participation in a graduation ceremony, photos, or a monetary award (max $25.00). High school diplomas and post-secondary programs are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education: MDC Los Angeles does not offer any advanced occupational education programs.
Vocational Training: MDC Los Angeles does not offer any vocational training programs.
Apprenticeship: MDC Los Angeles does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Library Services: Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library located in the Education Department. A copying machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use. Inmates also have access to newspapers, magazines, and fiction and nonfiction books.
UNICOR: MDC Los Angeles does not house a UNICOR facility.
Commissary: Commissary spending is limited to $360.00 monthly (excluding special purchase items). Inmates can purchase a wide variety of commissary products on their weekly designated shopping day.
Recreation Services: Indoor and outdoor recreation are available to MDC Los Angeles inmates, including recreation areas and indoor activities such as ping-pong, pool, and board games.
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 Los Angeles, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.