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Last Updated: July 08, 2020

Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn's comprehensive information to help guide you through the federal prison process, specifically on how to remain connected to your inmate while they are incarcerated.

The MDC-Brooklyn is a federal prison located at 80 29th St in Brooklyn, NY. This federal high security prison is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to hold inmates who have been convicted to and sentenced for a federal crime through the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Locate all federal inmates here. If you would like to speak with a case manager or counselor, call 718-840-4200.

The Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn (MDC Brooklyn) is a maximum-security federal detention facility that detains male and female inmates of all security levels. Most prisoners held at MDC Brooklyn have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. MDC Brooklyn also holds prisoners serving brief sentences. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the US Department of Justice.

Background: MDC Brooklyn was opened in 1994. It houses pre-trial and pre-sentence detainees.

Notable inmates include rapper Meek Mill held on a probation violation, Martin Shkreli the so-called Pharma-bro convicted of securities fraud, 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 of 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.

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 session. Inmates confined in SHU can request leisure books through the appropriate request form.

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 the 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.

Admissions and Orientation (A&O) Handbook - This document provides you with general information about the institution, programs, rules, and regulations that you will encounter during your confinement. Familiarizing yourself with this information and knowing your responsibilities will help you to adjustment to institution life.

Commissary List - In 1930 the Department of Justice authorized and established a Commissary at each Federal institution. The Commissary provides a bank type account for your money & for the procurement of articles not issued regularly as part of the institution administration. Funds deposited by your family, friends, or other sources are stored in your commissary account that we maintain.

Legal Activities - This document outlines the procedures for access to legal reference materials and legal counsel and the opportunities that you will be afforded to prepare legal documents while incarcerated.

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MDC-Brooklyn Information

Address:

80 29th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Phone:

718-840-4200

Email:

bro/execassistant@bop.gov

Security Level:

federal high

County:

Kings

Mailing Address

PO Box 329002, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Beds:

2290

FAX

718-840-5005

Facility Type

Adult

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Phone Carrier

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Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn's comprehensive information to help guide you through the federal prison process, specifically on how to remain connected to your inmate while they are incarcerated.

The MDC-Brooklyn is a federal prison located at 80 29th St in Brooklyn, NY. This federal high security prison is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to hold inmates who have been convicted to and sentenced for a federal crime through the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Locate all federal inmates here. If you would like to speak with a case manager or counselor, call 718-840-4200.

The Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn (MDC Brooklyn) is a maximum-security federal detention facility that detains male and female inmates of all security levels. Most prisoners held at MDC Brooklyn have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. MDC Brooklyn also holds prisoners serving brief sentences. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the US Department of Justice.

Background: MDC Brooklyn was opened in 1994. It houses pre-trial and pre-sentence detainees.

Notable inmates include rapper Meek Mill held on a probation violation, Martin Shkreli the so-called Pharma-bro convicted of securities fraud, 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 of 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.

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 session. Inmates confined in SHU can request leisure books through the appropriate request form.

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 the 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.

Admissions and Orientation (A&O) Handbook - This document provides you with general information about the institution, programs, rules, and regulations that you will encounter during your confinement. Familiarizing yourself with this information and knowing your responsibilities will help you to adjustment to institution life.

Commissary List - In 1930 the Department of Justice authorized and established a Commissary at each Federal institution. The Commissary provides a bank type account for your money & for the procurement of articles not issued regularly as part of the institution administration. Funds deposited by your family, friends, or other sources are stored in your commissary account that we maintain.

Legal Activities - This document outlines the procedures for access to legal reference materials and legal counsel and the opportunities that you will be afforded to prepare legal documents while incarcerated.

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Inmate Locator

Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn is a facility in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) publishes the names of their inmates currently in one of their locations nationwide. Your search should start with the first locator to see if your loved one is there. You will need the offender's first and last name and it must be spelled exactly. If you have a nine-digit BOP Inmate ID number (xxxxx-xxx)

If you cannot find your inmate in the federal search, the second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is all the inmates currently incarcerated in all prisons, jails and detention centers. You do not need to sign up to use this free inmate locator.

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Visitation Information

Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn - Visitation

Visiting Facilities: Ordinarily, visits not requiring additional security measures will be conducted in the institution Visiting Rooms. This may include inmates housed in the Special Housing Unit. Separate areas within the Visiting Room have been provided for attorney visits. The rooms will be made available to attorneys on a first come, first serve basis. These rooms will not be utilized for social visits without the Warden's approval.

A room is also set up and equipped for the children who are visiting inmates.

1. Front Entrance Procedures: All visitors will be processed into the institution in accordance with the institution supplement for Entrance Procedures.

Visitors will be required to complete and sign a Notification to Visitor Form (BP-A0224) prior to each

visit, acknowledging that the guidelines were provided and declaring they do not have any articles in their possession which could be a threat to the security of the institution. Any visitor who refuses to complete and sign a Notification to Visitor Form will be denied visiting privileges.

All institution visitors will be required to pass through the walk-thru metal detector which may require removal of shoes, belts, glasses, or other clothing accessories. Any visitor refusing will be denied the visit. When a visitor is unable to walk through the metal detector without sounding the alarm, the officer shall request the visitor submit to a search by a hand-held metal detector. To clear a visitor with the hand-held metal detector, the screening officer must have reasonable assurance the visitor is not in possession of a prohibited item.

All unsatisfactory results will be brought to the attention of the West Operations Lieutenant.

The processing of visitors will commence 30 minutes prior to the start of visiting hours. Visitors arriving to the institution within one hour prior to the end of visiting hours will not be processed or permitted to visit.

All visitors to the institution will be required to have his/her hand stamped for additional security and identification purposes.

2. Social Visiting:

For pretrial and holdover inmates, approved social visitors may visit for one hour per week at the time designated for that inmate 's housing unit. The hour will begin once the inmate has arrived in the visiting room. Inmates are permitted only one social visit per day and a maximum of four social visitors at one time.

In an effort to accommodate the inmate population and alleviate congestion during evening visitations, an "Odd/Even" visiting system has been implemented. Social visits are scheduled to occur weekday afternoons (including those falling on federal holidays) from 12:00
p.m. until 3:00 p.m., evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., and weekends from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

An inmate alternates between afternoon and evening visiting each month based on the 5th digit of the inmate 's register number. For example, an inmate with the register number 00005-053 would follow the "odd" number schedule; whereas, an inmate with the register number 00006-053 would follow the "even" number schedule.

During the even-numbered months (February, April, June, October, and December) the "even" numbered inmates will visit in the afternoon, and the "odd" numbered inmates would visit in the evening. During the odd-numbered months (January, March, May, July, September, and November ), the visiting times reverse: the odd-numbered inmates visit in the afternoon, and even numbered inmates visit in the evenings.

For designated inmates, approved social visitors may visit cadre inmates for the duration of 8:00 a.m. until 3:00
p.m. on each day designated for cadre unit visiting, space permitting.

On weekdays and holidays, visitors will not be permitted to enter the facility after 6:30 p.m. On weekends,
visitors will not be permitted to enter the facility .after
2:00 p.m.

Each visiting session permits an entire housing unit to visit during one specific.date. The sessions are as follows:

East Building:
Sunday - Female Unit
Monday - Legal only
Tuesday - Legal only
Wednesday - Female Units (Afternoon) Thursday - Legal only
Friday - Legal only
Saturday - Female Unit

West Building:
Sunday - Male Cadre
Monday - 6th Floor
Tuesday - 7th Floor Wednesday - 8th Floor Thursday - 4th Floor
Friday - 5th Floor Male Cadre (Afternoon) Saturday Male Cadre

Visits on federal holidays will be afforded to the Unit whose regular visiting days fall on the particular holiday date. NOTE: Should inmates be present in the Visiting Room during official count or institutional lockdown accountability census checks, they will be recorded on an official out count/lockdown census form and officially counted in the Visiting Room.

1. Use of Restrooms :
Visitors and inmates will not be permitted to use the same restrooms in the Visiting Room. Restroom facilities are available in the Front Lobby for use by approved visitors. There are also separate restrooms for the visitors and inmates inside the Visiting Room.
Any inmate using the restroom will be escorted by staff and remain under the staff's constant supervision. Visitor restrooms may be monitored physically only with the Warden's written approval and only after it is determined there is a reasonable suspicion a visitor and/or inmate is engaged or attempting to engage, in a criminal activity or other prohibited behavior. Other restrooms may be inspected and monitored as needed for security purposes.

2. Visitor Storage Procedures:
All materials, including cellular telephones, pagers, newspapers, magazines, tissues, wallets, personal keys and watches are prohibited from being brought into the institution and will be secured in a lobby locker before entrance is granted to the secure confines of the institution.

3. Proper Dress In The Visiting Room:
Visitors are expected to wear clothing appropriate for the institution. All visitors are expected to wear proper undergarments. Clothing cannot be provocative, revealing, or offensive (containing profanity, nudity, or disparaging remarks). The following attire is prohibited:

• No outerwear. Visitors are not permitted to wear overcoats, raincoats, parkas, winter coats, or puffy vests into the institution. However, business attire such as blazers, jackets, and cardigans, are permitted, even if they do not match the pants or skirt or are not part of a formal suit.
• No open toe shoes or sandals and no wheeled shoes. Visitors shoes are to be "closed toed" and have the existence of (at a minimum) a strap around the heal of the foot.
• No shirts or pants with holes.
• No military without identification, khaki, tan, or beige clothing.
• No sweatpants or hooded shirts.
• No swimwear, tube tops, midriffs, or low cut (revealing) clothing. No lycra or spandex or tight-fitting clothing to include yoga pants and jeggings. Clothing must not be see-through or reveal any undergarments.
• No hats, visors, scarves, sunglasses, or long hair picks. This includes scarves around the neck or waist. Headwear worn for religious purposes (yarmulkes, turbans, kufis, prayer shawls and any other religious clothing or wraps used to cover the face and/or hair) is authorized if in accordance with Bureau Program Statement 5510.15 and having met the screening requirements.
• No sleeveless clothing, to include tops, dresses, or blouses, unless covered by a sweater/cardigan, suit jacket or blazer, which must have sleeves that extend past the bend in the shoulder joint and remain on throughout the entire visit.
• Skirts or dresses or shorts must be no shorter than three inches above the knee. If the skirt or dress has a slit, this slit must also not go above three inches above the knee.

Inmate visitors are allowed to have the following items in their possession:

1. One small clear plastic container, no larger than
4 11 x 7 "
2. Currency/coins- not to exceed thirty dollars; bills will be in one and five dollar increments
3. Two diapers
4. One small receiving blanket
5. One bottle containing baby formula

The Operations Lieutenant or Duty Officer will be contacted regarding any questionable inmate visitor attire, prior to them entering the institution or being denied visitation.

The official contacted will inform the visitor if the visit will be allowed.

3. Visiting Limitations: Inmates will be allowed only one social visit on a single day. Visitors may only visit one inmate at a time, unless the inmates are immediate family members.

Any questions related to visiting more than one inmate at a time will be addressed by the unit staff. Inmates that have children in excess of the maximum visitors allowed will need prior approval from the Unit Manager before the visit.

Ordinarily, social visitors will not be permitted to visit with inmates assigned to different housing units as visiting is based on an inmate 's assigned housing unit.

Visitors on social visits will not be permitted to exchange places or alternate with another visitor outside the Visiting Room. Once a social visitor leaves the Visiting Room, the visit with that social visitor is considered completed and terminated. The visitor may not re-enter the Visiting Room until the next visiting day.

In the event that the Visiting Room reaches maximum capacity, the visiting room officer will first request any volunteers willing to terminate their visit early. If overcrowding remains an issue, visitors who have been in the Visiting Room for the longest period of time will be requested to leave first.

4. Inmate Visiting Procedures: Inmates entering the visiting area will be dressed in institutional clothing, to include institution issued footwear. No athletic footwear is allowed unless medically required. Rosary beads are not permitted to be worn during visits. Underclothing is required. All clothing must be clean and neat in appearance. Inmates may carry the following items:

1. One wedding band (no stone)
2. Legal Materials
3. Prescription Eyeglasses (if required)
4. Religious headgear
5 . One pair of earrings (female only)
All items taken into the Visiting Room will be inventoried using Inmate Property Accountability Form,

and the same identical items must leave the Visiting Room with the inmate. Upon completion of all visits, inmates departing will be visually searched. Inmates will not be permitted to carry out any items other than those allowed to be taken into the Visiting Room.

Inmates entering for a legal visit will be allowed to bring legal material which pertains to their current case. These materials will be inspected by the Visiting Room Officer or contraband. The contents of legal material will be visually scanned, but not read by staff.

5. Inmate and Visitor Conduct within the Visiting Room: All visitors must follow all visiting regulations. All visitors arriving in the Visiting Room must report to the main desk and receive their assigned seat. Once assigned a seat, the visit will be conducted only at the assigned table. The Visiting Room Officer is responsible for assigning seating at all times.

Upon entering the Visiting Room, inmates will report to the main desk to be checked in and be directed to the assigned seat. An inmate is prohibited from relocating their assigned seat for the duration of the visit. Inmates are prohibited from using the vending machines.

One embrace and one brief kiss are permitted at the beginning and at the conclusion of a visit. Inappropriate physical contact between an inmate and his visitor will not be permitted and will be grounds for termination of the visit. It is the inmate's responsibility to control themselves and their visitors.

a. Visitors may not bring packages or gifts of any type into the institution.

b. It is not permissible for papers of any kind to be examined or signed during social visits, nor may the visitor receive any items from the inmate. Such transactions must be handled via correspondence addressed to the inmate.

c. Visitors are prohibited from passing money to an inmate. The Visiting Room Officer cannot accept funds for deposit into an inmate 's commissary account.

d. Bringing any unauthorized items such as medication, weapons, tools, food, chewing gum or drugs into the institution is a violation of institution regulations and the law. This infraction may result in the visitor's permanent removal from the visiting list and referral to the proper law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

e. It is a violation of law for visitors and inmates to introduce or attempt to introduce any unauthorized article onto the grounds or into this institution and to take or attempt to take or to send or attempt to send any article from the institution without the knowledge and consent.of the Warden or the duly appointed representative.

f. The unauthorized use of cameras or recording equipment without the consent of the Warden or designee is strictly prohibited. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution.

10. Supervision of Visits: Visiting Room Officers will monitor inmate visits and will be aware of any articles passed between the inmate and the visitor, if there is any reasonable basis to suspect materials are being passed between inmates and visitors, the Visiting Room Officer may examine the item(s) . The Operations Lieutenant will be consulted in questionable cases. Inmates are responsible for ensuring their visitors conduct themselves in a dignified manner. Inmates and their visitors are responsible for the behavior of their children. Visits not conducted in an appropriate manner will be terminated.
Requests for approved visits (after normal visiting hours) will be handled on a case by case basis. The Captain will
be consulted for the purpose of providing staff supervision and approval.

6. Parenting Room/Children' s Area (Visiting Room): Inmates are not permitted in the area designated for children, except when participating in an approved Education Parenting Program, or when Cadre inmates request and receive prior approval. Games are provided for the children while in the visiting room. However, the inmate and his/her visitors are responsible for their children's actions while in the visiting room. Failure to maintain control of their children may result in the inmate 's visit being terminated.

7. Meals: Vending machines in the Visiting Room are stocked with various food and beverage items. Inmates not wishing to terminate their visits in order to eat in their respective units will remain in the Visiting Room during meal times. Meals will not be served in the Visiting Room. Meals will not be saved in the units for inmates in the Visiting Room to include legal visits.

8. Interruption of Visit: Any inmate or visitor who departs from the Visiting Room will not be allowed to resume the visit on that day unless authorized by a Lieutenant or the Duty Officer. Visits will not normally be interrupted
(other than for visiting rules violations) except when necessary to respond to institutional emergencies or at the direction of the Warden or designee (Operations Lieutenant) .

9. Penalty for Violation of Visiting Regulations: Visit Terminations: The decision to limit or terminate a visit for Central Inmate Monitoring (CIM) concerns, security concerns, or for reasons of improper conduct by the inmate or visitors, will be made by the Operations Lieutenant or Duty Officer. The privilege to have future visits may be denied as part of a disciplinary action brought against the inmate.

Criminal prosecution may be initiated against the visitor, the inmate, or both, in cases of criminal violations.

Visit Denials: Anytime a visit is denied, the Visit Denial Memorandum Form (Attachment D), will be completed by the Lobby Officer. It will be approved by the Operations Lieutenant or Duty Officer and routed to the responsible Associate Warden.

10. Exit Procedures: Inmates requesting to depart the Visiting Room will not be re-admitted. All inmates will be identified by picture card prior to their visitor 's departure from the Visiting Room.

Visitors will immediately depart the Visiting Room after completion of their visit. When exiting the visiting room each visitor will have their hand checked, verifying the hand stamp of the day, by the control center officer. Any visitor that cannot be identified will not be allowed to exit the institution until properly identified by the West Operations Lieutenant.

11. Implementation of Visiting: Ordinarily, within the first five working days after arrival, an inmate may establish a visiting list through their Unit Team; inmates will complete a Request for Visitor Approval Form

B), which is reviewed by Unit Staff with the inmate. If further background information is necessary or required, the "Visitor Information Form" (BP-A0629) will be completed and returned to the Unit Team. Each visitor will be provided with written guidelines for visiting in the institution.

An inmate 's visiting list will not be accepted until all information is completed in its entirety on the Visitor Information Form (BP-A0629). Once an individual has been approved for visitation, the Unit Counselor will enter the information into the visiting program.

A hard copy of the computerized visiting list will be placed in a backup system for the Visiting program. The Unit Counselor will notify the inmate of those visitors who have been approved.

A maximum of eight visitors on the visiting list will be authorized. After six months of clear conduct, two additional visitors can be added on an inmate's visiting list.

The Unit Counselor will provide the inmate information approved visitors should become familiar with, prior to their first visit. This information will provide them directions to the institution, proper attire, items allowed to bring into the visiting room, etc. It is the inmate's responsibility to inform the visitor of the rules of the Visiting Room. It is important for inmates to remember they are responsible for their visitors' conduct when they enter the institution.

The Unit Counselor will review visiting lists, ensuring their accuracy. Once the initial visiting list has been completed, it may be amended through the inmate's submission of an Inmate Request to Staff Member Form (COP­ OUT) as often as every ninety (90) days.

a. Procedures for Disapproving Proposed Visitors: In the event staff proposed to disapprove a visitor, the respective Unit Team will route the request for disapproval through the Captain, Associate Warden (Programs) , and the Warden for the final decision. Staff shall notify the inmate of the approval or disapproval of a requested person on the visiting list. The inmate is responsible for notifying the visitor of the approval or disapproval.

b. Visiting Lists: It is the inmate's responsibility to submit a visiting list request to the Unit Counselor. If a requested visitor is an immediate family member of the inmate (i.e., mother, father, siblings, wife by marriage, or child) and they have the same last name as the inmate, the visitor will be placed on the visiting list within three working days of the submission of the request. If an individual has a different last name, the Unit Team may require documentation prior to the initial visit.
Pre-trial and Holdover inmates must provide documented proof of immediate family relationships. Common Law relationships are not recognized under New York State law therefore, Common Law relationships established in New York State are not considered immediate family members at MDC Brooklyn.

For inmates designated to MDC Brooklyn, in addition to immediate family members, the work cadre inmates may have up to four (4) other relatives or friends added to their approved visiting lists. The list may be changed every ninety (90) days. Other relatives and friends will be those persons with whom the inmate had an association with prior to incarceration. This association must be determined by the inmate's Unit Team to be a positive relationship. In addition, it is the inmate 's responsibility to ensure visitors submit documentation that verifies their relationship. These relatives and friends will be added to the visiting list only after a favorable background check has been completed. The inmate will be notified of the approval or disapproval so that he/she can notify the proposed visitor. Exceptions to the prior relationship rule may be made, particularly for inmates without other visitors, when it is shown that the proposed visitor is reliable and poses no threat to the security or good order of the institution. This request will be submitted to the Unit Team and approved by the Unit Manager.

Visitors must complete a Request for Visit Form and submit a Release of Information Form for a background
check. This form is available from the Unit Counselor and will be mailed to the visitor by the inmate. Once the prospective visitor completes the questionnaire, the form must be mailed back to the institution, directly to the Unit Counselor. If the visitor has no criminal record, he/she may be placed on the visiting list. Members of the immediate family will normally be approved without further investigation, except as noted above. The inmate will be required to forward the Visiting Regulations and the Information and Release Authorization Forms to the proposed visitors. The Visitor Information sheet (Attachment C) with the signed Release Authorization Form must be returned to the Unit Counselor by the proposed visitor, prior to any further action concerning visiting. Upon receipt of the completed authorization forms, the Unit Counselor will initiate an NCIC check.

c. Other Authorized Visitors: Special visits may be authorized for former or prospective employers, sponsors, or from persons not on the approved social visitor's list. Special visits may occur for purposes of a family emergency, pre-release planning, or other instances when visiting is not possible during scheduled visiting
hours.

Such visits must be approved by the responsible Associate Warden or Administrative Duty Officer. When a special visit is approved, the Unit Counselor will forward a copy of the approving memorandum to the Front Lobby Officer, Visiting Room Staff and the Lieutenant's Office. If the visit will take place outside of normal visiting room hours, the staff member responsible for approving the visit will arrange supervision.

Consult Bureau of Prisons Program Statement 5267.09 (Dec. 10, 2015), Visiting Regulations, for further information regarding special visitors.

12. Persons with Prior Criminal Convictions: The existence of a criminal conviction alone does not preclude visits. Staff shall give consideration to the nature, extent, and recentness of convictions, as weighed against the security considerations of the institution. Specific approval of the Warden may be required before such visits take place.

Ordinarily, staff should obtain written authorization from the appropriate Federal or State probation/parole official prior to approving visitation privileges for an individual on probation, parole or supervised release. A copy of this authorization will be maintained in section 2 or the Privacy Folder in the Inmate Central File.

13. Business Visitors: Except for pretrial inmates, an inmate is not permitted to engage actively in a business or profession. An inmate who was engaged in a business or profession prior to commitment is expected to assign authority for the operation of such business or profession to a person in the community. Pretrial inmates may be allowed special visitors for the purpose of protecting the pretrial inmate 's business interests. In those instances where an inmate has turned over the operation of a business or profession to another person, there still may be an occasion where a decision must be made which will substantially affect the assets or prospects of the business. The Warden accordingly may permit a special business visit in such cases. The Warden may waive the requirement for the existence of an established relationship prior to confinement for visitors approved under this paragraph.

14. Religious Visits: Religious visiting is identified as Minister of Record and Clergy.

An inmate wanting to receive visits from his/her Minister of Record must submit a written request to the Chaplain. Upon approval, Unit Staff will add the name and title (Minister of Record) to the inmate's visiting list. An inmate may only have one Minister of Record on his/her visiting list at a time.

The addition of the Minister of Record will not count against the total number of authorized regular visitors an inmate is allowed to have on his/her visiting list, and will not count against the number of social visits allowed.

The Chaplain may also recommend a religious.visit for an inmate by a Clergyman or religious representative. The Chaplain will prepare and distribute an authorization memorandum, approved by the responsible Associate Warden, for each visit. These visits will not be counted as regular social visits. Clergy visits (other than the Minster of Record) will be in accordance with the general visitor procedures and will count against the total number of regular visits allowed.

Ordinarily, Clergy visits will not be accommodated unless requested by the inmate. However, the Chaplain may approve a visitation request initiated by the Clergy, if the inmate wishes to visit with the Clergy.

Clergy/Minister of Record visits will be accommodated in the Visiting Room during the regularly scheduled visiting hours and to the extent practicable, in an area of the Visiting Room which provides a degree of separation from other visitors. If a private area is not available, the visit may be rescheduled.

The Warden may establish a limit to the number of Minister of Records and Clergy visits an inmate receives each month, consistent with available resources. However, during times of personal or family emergencies, an inmate will be authorized a visit from his/her Minister of Record.

15. Prisoner Visitation and Support Service (PVS) Visits: These visits are not to be counted as social visits. PVS visitors are authorized to carry into the institution a pen, pencil and paper for note-taking purposes. PVS visitors must
adhere to all institution and Visiting Room rules/regulations.

16. Official Visits: Representatives of law enforcement agencies, U.S. Parole/Probation Offices, U.S. Public Defenders, Court assigned Sentencing Officials, attorneys, approved attorney representatives and mental health professionals performing court-ordered examinations, will receive priority when processing. Official visitors, with the exception of the Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Parole/Probation Officers, U.S. Public Defenders and Law Enforcement Officers will be required to complete a Notification to Visitor Form. {BP-224).

17. Minor Children: A signature of a parent or guardian will be necessary to process the visitation request of individuals less than eighteen {18) years of age. Visitors under the
age of sixteen (16) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is the responsibility of the adult accompanying the child to ensure that the child's behavior does not interfere with normal visiting operations. A child
disrupting visiting room operations will be caused to cancel the visit. Young children, 4 and under, who will remain on the visitor's lap during the entire visit do not count towards the visitor limit of four.

Any visitor over the age of sixteen must provide verification of identity. This may be accomplished by comparing the photo and name on a valid driver 's license, school identification card, or state or federal picture identification. The absence of an expiration date does not deem the above-referenced forms of identification invalid; however, if identification appears questionable, another form of identification may be requested.

18. Attorneys: Attorneys and legal representatives are afforded visiting hours prior to the start of social visiting on weekdays. Exclusive attorney visiting hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attorneys can utilize social visiting hours to meet with clients but are encouraged to utilize the legal visiting hours to avoid overcrowding.

Attorneys are permitted to request up to three clients at a time. If security concerns permit, all three inmates will
be brought to the visiting room for the attorney to meet with each client individually. The attorney will meet with one client while the other two wait in the designated waiting area.

Special circumstances or visiting requirements not indicated in this Supplement should be addressed with MDC Brooklyn's Legal Department.

Attorneys and legal representatives are expected to follow all visiting room regulations and procedures outlined in Program Statement 1315.07, Inmate Legal Activities.

19. Visits for Offenders Not In a Regular Population Setting:

a. Hospital Patients: Inmates admitted to local hospitals for medical treatment will not be allowed any visits unless requested by the Unit Team, through the Captain, Associate Warden Programs, and the Warden for final approval. In those instances when a visit is authorized, the visitors will only be permitted to visit during the pre-arranged time as set forth by the Captain and appropriate Unit Manager. All United States Marshals/ICE inmates will be referred to the appropriate Marshals.

These visits shall not exceed more than one hour in duration and will be conducted with direct staff supervision. The escorting staff members will provide supervision during the social visit. Positive visitor identification, search, and all other required visiting procedures at the hospital will be in effect.

Visits may be prohibited or restricted for inmates under strict medical care, i.e., suffering from infectious disease, or who are psychotic, suicidal, or otherwise not in a condition to see visitors. The situation will be carefully explained to the visitor and documented in the inmate's central file. In such cases, Medical and/or Psychological staff, in conjunction with the Administrative Duty Officer, will determine whether a visit may take place. The aforementioned staff will also determine the location of the visit.

b. No Visitors Requested: If the inmate does not request to receive visits, a notation will be made in the Visiting program and documented in the inmate 's central file. On the screen, where visitors are normally listed, it should display, "No Visitors Requested".

c. Administrative Detention/Disciplinary Segregation: Inmates in Administrative Detention or Disciplinary Segregation will only visit in the non-contact visiting rooms located in the Special Housing Unit, unless other arrangements are authorized by the Warden .

Attorney visits for inmates in Administrative Detention and Disciplinary Segregation will be conducted in the Special Housing Unit Attorney room located in the Special Housing Unit. The Operations Lieutenant will be notified when an inmate in the Special Housing Unit has a visit.

Inmates in the Special Housing Unit will visit on days they would normally visit according to their assigned unit, unless a CIM and/or security concerns exist. These instances will be handled on an individual case by case basis.

d. CIM Concerns/Separation Cases: Due to the unique mission of MDC Brooklyn, it is not uncommon to house inmates who have separatee( s) inside the institution. To ensure the safety of these individuals, the Lobby Officer, C&A Officer and the Visiting Room #1 Officer must check their SENTRY rosters for any separation concerns, prior to the inmate being allowed into the Visiting Room. If CIM concerns exist, the Lobby Officer will notify the

Visiting Room #1 Officer, prior to granting the visitors access. The Visiting Room #1 Officer will verify the inmate's CIM information, and contact the CIM Clearance Officer to properly clear the inmate for his/her social visit.

e. Records Maintenance: Unit Team will be responsible for all inmates visiting information records maintenance.


20. INSTITUTION ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS :

Address: 80 29th Street Brooklyn, New York 11232 Telephone Number: 718-840-4200

Transportation: The institution can be reached by the "R" subway train to 25th street. If you are driving, take the 39th street exit off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) eastbound, or the 39th street exit off the westbound BQE.

Air Transportation:
John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport-718-244-4444 LaGuardia (LGA) Airport-718-533-3400
Newark (EWR) International Airport-973-533-3400

**For driving directions from other states, please use a navigation service for the best travel route to the institution.

21. EFFECTIVE DATE: This institution supplement is effective upon issuance.

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Facility Type

This Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn is a secure facility overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The BOP is a division of the US Justice Department whose main function is to protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.

The prisons or institutions located throughout the US are operated at five different security levels in order to confine offenders in an appropriate manner. Security levels are based on such features as the presence of external patrols, towers, security barriers, or detection devices; the type of housing within the institution; internal security features; and the staff-to-inmate ratio.

Facilities are designated as either minimum, low, medium, high, or administrative; and facilities with different security levels that are in close proximity to each other are known as prison complexes.

Inmates are designated/re-designated to institutions based on several factors

  • the level of security and staff supervision the inmate requires
  • the level of security and staff supervision the institution provides
  • the medical classification care level of the inmate and the care level of the institution
  • the inmate's program needs (e.g., substance abuse treatment, educational/vocational training, individual and/or group counseling, medical/mental health treatment), and various factors (i.e institution bed space capacity; the inmate's release residence; judicial recommendations; separation needs; and security measures needed to ensure the protection of victims, witnesses, and the general public).

After arriving each inmate is interviewed and screened by staff from the case management, medical, and mental health units. Later, an inmate is assigned to the Admission and Orientation (A & O) Program, where he or she receives a formal orientation to the programs, services, policies, and procedures of that facility. This program provides an introduction to all aspects of the institution.

Personal Property

For security, safety, and sanitation reasons, the Bureau limits the amount of property (jewelry, photographs, books, magazines, etc.) inmates may have and the types of publications inmates can receive. The institution issues clothing, hygiene items, and bedding; and provides laundry services. Inmates may purchase other personal care items, shoes, some recreational clothing, and some food items through the commissary. Civilian clothing (i.e., clothing not issued to the inmate by the Bureau or purchased by the inmate from the commissary) ordinarily is not authorized for retention by the inmate.

Inmates may only possess those items they are authorized to retain upon admission to the institution, items issued by authorized staff, items purchased by the inmate from the commissary, or items purchased or received through approved channels (to include that approved for receipt by an authorized staff member or authorized by institution guidelines). All other items are considered contraband and will be seized and disposed of (destroyed, mailed out of the institution at the inmate's expense, etc.) in accordance with Bureau regulations. Contraband that threatens the security of the institution may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution for the inmate.

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Custody/Security Level

Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn is a high-security federal prison run by the BOP. This maximum security facility is located at 80 29th St, Brooklyn, NYV has securable single- and multi-person cells, the perimeters are with multiple reinforced fences or walls, guard towers and/or other shooting platforms for armed guards, strictly controlled movement within the compound, and the highest inmate-to-staff ratio. The level of monitoring and video surveillance is 24/7 and heavily watched.

Gangs are a dominant presence and racial and gang violence is rampant this level. Killings are not unheard of, as physical encounters often involve some type of prison-made weapon (such as a shiv or shank). Other incidents of disciplinary misconduct are frequent, too. Inmates ineligible for placement at lower security prisons are housed at high-security federal prisons and have no problem acting out.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a federal high facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To send money

How to Send an Inmate Money in New York

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's Trulincs account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly commissary visits, outbound phone calls, using Corrlinks email, electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

The commissary also sells is paper, envelopes, and stamps which allows the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Most facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – that means that there can be no money in their commissary account for at least 30 days to become eligible.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Use MoneyGram to get the funds there instantly. How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Sending funds using MoneyGram to a BOP facility
Inmates can receive funds at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's ExpressPayment Program.
1. Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
2. Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
3. Funds sent after 9:00 p.m. EST is posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

To send funds to your federal inmate, please read and follow these steps carefully:
1. Wait until your inmate has physically arrived at an FBOP facility.
2. You'll need the following information:

  • Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
  • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • City & State: Washington, DC
  • Receive Code is always: 7932 and the amount you are sending (up to $300).
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

3. CLICK to send the funds through MoneyGram over the internet
4. First-time users will have to set up a profile and account.
5. A MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card is required.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary.

Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate care packages

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate commissary

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How to send mail

This is how to send your inmate at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How to send greeting cards & postcards

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How to send magazine & books

Send magazines to Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn at 80 29th St, Brooklyn, NY

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a federal high facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

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How to Send an Inmate Money in New York

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's Trulincs account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly commissary visits, outbound phone calls, using Corrlinks email, electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

The commissary also sells is paper, envelopes, and stamps which allows the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Most facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – that means that there can be no money in their commissary account for at least 30 days to become eligible.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Use MoneyGram to get the funds there instantly. How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Sending funds using MoneyGram to a BOP facility
Inmates can receive funds at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's ExpressPayment Program.
1. Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
2. Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
3. Funds sent after 9:00 p.m. EST is posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

To send funds to your federal inmate, please read and follow these steps carefully:
1. Wait until your inmate has physically arrived at an FBOP facility.
2. You'll need the following information:

  • Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
  • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • City & State: Washington, DC
  • Receive Code is always: 7932 and the amount you are sending (up to $300).
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

3. CLICK to send the funds through MoneyGram over the internet
4. First-time users will have to set up a profile and account.
5. A MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card is required.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary.

Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

This is how to send your inmate at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

Send magazines to Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) - Brooklyn at 80 29th St, Brooklyn, NY

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

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