New York houses four stand-alone federal prisons and one federal prison camp. Each of these New York federal prisons is overseen by the Northeast Regional Office. In total, 3,194 inmates are incarcerated inside federal prisons in New York.
New York Federal Prisons by Security Level
Medium-Security Federal Prisons in New York
- FCI Otisville (Otisville, NY)
- FCI Ray Brook (Ray Brook, NY)
Minimum-Security Federal Prisons in New York
- FCI Otisville Camp (Otisville, NY)
Administrative-Security Federal Prisons in New York
- MDC Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)
- MCC New York (New York, NY)
Federal Prisons in New York
Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn (MDC Brooklyn) is an administrative-security-level federal prison located in Brooklyn, New York. It is overseen by the Northeast Regional Office. MDC Brooklyn is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 1,541 male and female inmates.
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York (MCC New York) is an administrative-security level federal prison located in New York, New York. It is overseen by the Northeast Regional Office. MCC New York is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 683 male and female inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Otisville (FCI Otisville) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Otisville, New York. It is overseen by the Northeast Regional Office. FCI Otisville is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 511 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Otisville Camp (FCI Otisville Camp) is a minimum-security level federal prison located in Otisville, New York. It is overseen by the Northeast Regional Office. FCI Otisville Camp is a Medical Care Level 2 prison. It houses 65 male inmates.
Federal Correctional Institution Ray Brook (FCI Ray Brook) is a medium-security level federal prison located in Ray Brook, New York. It is overseen by the Northeast Regional Office. FCI Ray Brook is a Medical Care Level 1 prison. It houses 561 male inmates.
List of New York State Federal Prisons
At any given time, over 3,000 inmates are housed in the four New York state federal prisons that are scattered throughout the state. Understanding each of these incarceration locations and how they differ from each other can be helpful if you or someone you love is an inmate in the U.S. government’s correctional system. By clicking on the below links, you will be taken to each facility’s detailed profile where you can learn about specific facility offerings, information, and contact details.
Opened in the early 1990s in the Sunset Park neighborhood, Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn was originally intended to hold no more than 1,000 inmates awaiting arraignment or trial for federal crimes. It currently houses over 1,500 male and female inmates at all security levels. As a Medical Care Level 2 prison, it serves stable outpatients with chronic conditions such as epilepsy, emphysema, and medication-controlled diabetes who require quarterly evaluations by a clinician. To date, the majority of MDC Brooklyn’s population have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. A small percentage of MDC Brooklyn inmates serve out their brief sentences at this facility. Among the federal prisons in New York, MDC Brooklyn has gained notoriety for its frequent facility and inmate relations issues.
Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York is a federal administrative detention center located in Lower Manhattan at Foley Square. Men and women of all security levels are inmates at this facility, and most of them remain there until their cases with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York are resolved. The first high-rise configuration used in the federal prison system, it consists of 10 self-contained housing units. MCC New York has housed notorious inmates and detainees such as Gambino crime family members, drug dealers, terrorists, and weapons traffickers and continues to be one of the busiest and most crowded federal prisons in New York. Although it was originally designed to house 449 detainees and inmates, it now holds almost 800.
Located 70 miles from New York City, Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville is nestled in the countryside south of the Catskills. FCI Otisville houses around 800 inmates in its two facilities, which include a medium-security prison and a satellite camp where nonviolent offenders can serve out their sentences. Like other medium-security federal prisons, FCI Otisville’s campus features cells for one or two inmates and requires all prisoners to have work assignments. By contrast, FCI Otisville Camp inmates sleep in barracks and have access to lockers for their belongings, laundry facilities, microwaves, and ice machines. Recreational opportunities are also available to inmates. The camp has a reputation for being one of the most comfortable New York federal prisons. It is particularly popular with Jewish male inmates, with a rabbi on staff and kosher meals available upon request.
Federal Correctional Institution, Ray Brook is situated in Essex County between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Before being fitted out for its current purpose, it was used as housing for athletes attending the 1980 Winter Olympics. It currently houses approximately 800 inmates and contains a detention center. As is the case with all federal prisons in New York and throughout the country, inmates have access to a commissary where they can purchase items that are not standard issue by the prison. As a Medical Care Level 1 institution, it meets the needs of inmates who are, in general, under 70 years old and in good health who may have medical conditions that require monitoring by a physician.
Wikipedia Pages About Each Facility
Here you can find detailed Wikipedia pages for each New York federal prison. While these Wikipedia pages are helpful in understanding each facility, we recommend you rely on our prison profiles since they are more comprehensive, regularly updated, and verified by our federal prison consultants.