Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York

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Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York
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Location Manhattan, New York City
Status Operational
Security class Administrative facility
Population 781[1]
Opened 1975
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York (MCC New York) is a United States federal administrative detention facility in Manhattan, New York which holds male and female prisoners of all security levels. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

Most prisoners held at MCC New York have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. MCC New York also holds prisoners serving brief sentences.[1]


Opened in 1975, MCC New York was the first high-rise facility to be used by the Bureau of Prisons. Prisoners are assigned to ten separate, self-contained housing units, resulting in little movement within the facility. It has been widely reported that MCC New York is severely overcrowded.[2]

Numerous high-profile individuals have been held at MCC New York during court proceedings, including Gambino crime family Bosses John Gotti and Jackie D'Amico, drug kingpin Frank Lucas, ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff, terrorists Omar Abdel Rahman and Ramzi Yousef, and weapons trafficker Viktor Bout.[3]


In an article published on April 5, 2011, Jim Dwyer of the New York Times described the experience of an inmate being transferred from the facility to the federal court across the street: A prisoner going to court from the Metropolitan Correctional Center is presented to federal marshals in the basement of the building. Shackled at the ankles, chained at the waist and cuffed at the hands, the prisoner hop-marches through a tunnel nearly 40 feet below the street. The prisoner and escorts go through channels, or corridors, with electronic doors at each end. These are controlled remotely by officers who watch the journey through cameras.

During this passage from jail to court, no one lays eyes on the prisoner except the marshals and the people in the surveillance stations. Once they have reached the north end of the tunnel, they wait for the prisoner elevator. Inside is a locked cage that the prisoner stands in for the ride up to the courthouse cells.[4]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Abu Anas al-Libi

Khalid al-Fawwaz

Al-Libi died on January 2, 2015 while awaiting trial; al-Fawwaz is awaiting trial.[5] High-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives; indicted in 2000 on conspiracy charges stemming from Al Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of two US embassies in East Africa, which killed 224 people.[6]
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith 91969-054 Sentenced to life in prison, currently incarcerated at ADX Florence. High-ranking Al-Qaeda member and son-in-law of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; apprehended in Turkey in 2012 and convicted in 2014 of conspiring to kill US citizens for speaking on behalf of the terrorist organization and its mission.[7][8][9]
Horst Overdick 91938-054 Currently awaiting trial. Drug trafficker linked to the Los Zetas Cartel in Mexico; extradited from Guatemala in 2012 to face charges that he directed the shipment of large quantities of cocaine to the US through Guatemala.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MCC New York". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
  2. ^ Bosworth, Mary (2002). The US Federal Prison System. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. p. 272. 
  3. ^ McShane, Larry (13 March 2009). "Inside Bernard Madoff's new home: the Metropolitan Correctional Center prison in Manhattan". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Dwyer, Jim (April 5, 2011). "A Passageway for Prisoners, 40 Feet Below". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Jomana, Karadsheh (January 3, 2015). "Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi dies in U.S. hospital, family says". CNN. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (October 15, 2013). "Terror Suspect Caught in Libya Appears in Manhattan Court". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Santora, Marc (March 8, 2013). "Bin Laden Relative Pleads Not Guilty in Terrorism Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (7 March 2013). "Bin Laden's son-in-law to be among the first senior al-Qaida leaders brought to US for trial". Fox News. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, Associate of Usama Bin Laden, Arrested for Conspiring to Kill Americans". US Department of Justice. March 7, 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition Of Guatemalan Drug Trafficker Linked To Los Zetas Drug Cartel". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 

Coordinates: 40°42′47″N 74°00′07″W / 40.71306°N 74.00194°W / 40.71306; -74.00194

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