Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center
Prison Code: BRO
Prison Type: Metropolitan Detention Center
Region: Northeast Region
State: New York
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner at Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you correctly address the item, and use the right steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, the package or letter could get sent back.

MDC Brooklyn
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 329002
Brooklyn NY, 11232

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections below if you are going to visit an inmate.

Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center
80 29Th Street
Brooklyn NY, 11232

Phone Number

Inmates don’t have phones, so you can’t call inmates, however, there are some times when it might be necessary to know the telephone number to the facility.

(718) 840-4200

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax your inmate, but there are times when it might be necessary to know the fax number to the prison.

(718) 840-5001 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email for the prison. You cannot email inmates at this email. If you are going to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   2,444 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email message gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email messages only to people that are on their approved contact list. An federal inmate has to make a formal request to send and recieve emails with someone by placing them into their contact list.

All email correspondence is subject to monitoring. prisoners give consent to being monitored when they join the system. Inmate contacts give their consent to email monitoring when they agree to correspondence with the inmate and are notified every time that they get an email message from the prisoner.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list they will get an email message which sends them to CorrLink at
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email correspondence must not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. In addition, emails should not exceed 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules will not get delivered.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you must follow when sending a letter or package to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then letter or package might not get delivered.

Before you send a package or letter, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Brooklyn Federal Prison staff do open and inspect and read all received general packages and mail. Received general packages and mail is read as frequently as is deemed necessary to keep security or watch a problem regarding inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the proper format for how you need to address a package or letter to a federal inmate at Brooklyn Federal Prison:

MDC Brooklyn
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 329002
Brooklyn NY, 11232

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, click here: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide inmates a bank type account for prisoner money and for purchasing things not provided by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can deposit money to inmate’s Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money in the mail and must send the money to the following address and follow the rules given below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The money has to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold, and during this period the prisoner will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be deposited to the inmate’s account so do not send cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent using one of these methods:

  1. At Western Union location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call 1-800-325-6000 or go to
  2. By phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select menu option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit/debit card: Go to and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info has to be included:

  1. Correct and valid Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to that federal inmate, the money might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Inmates are often moved to different correctional facilities throughout the country, so you might need to find the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every federal prison has its own rules for prison visitation and these rules get changed often. The policies below may be different when you are reading this, so be sure to also go to the prison’s official website to get the most recent visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures every visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the visitation area and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For all of the points shown below, check out the official prison website as this info changes often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the complete Guide to Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center Visitation click here: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a prison job? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison before?

If so, go to: Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center Jobs


The official website: Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center

Have you ever spent any time in Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this correctional facility?

If so, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to write in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are a prisoner at this facility, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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