Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center
Prison Code: CCC
Prison Type: Metropolitan Correctional Center
Region: North Central Region
State: Illinois
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate at Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Mailing Address

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

MCC Chicago
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago IL, 60605

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page if you are going to try to visit a prisoner.

Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago IL, 60605

Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you can’t call the inmate, however, there are times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to the facility.

(312) 322-0567

Fax Number

Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to send a fax to your inmate, but there are cases when it might be helpful to know the fax number to the prison.

(312) 347-4012 

Email Address

This email address is the main email for the facility. You cannot reach prisoners at this address. If you need to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   697 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center 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 receive emails only to persons listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a request to send and recieve email messages with someone by putting that person in their contact list.

All email is monitored. Prison inmates give consent to email monitoring when they agree to participate in the email program. Family and friends of the inmate give consent to being monitored when they agree to corresponding with the prisoner and are reminded about this each and every time that they get email correspondence from the prisoner.

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

Email messages must not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. In addition, email cannot exceed 13,000 characters. Emails that are not consistent with these rules are not allowed.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners are not allowed to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a prisoner. If you do not then the letters and packages might not get delivered.

Before you send anything, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Prison staff do open and inspect and read all received general mail. Received general packages and mail can be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure safety and security or watch problems having to do with inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the correct format for how you have to address a package or letter to a prisoner at Chicago Federal Prison:

MCC Chicago
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago IL, 60605

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

Inmate Money

Every federal prison has a Commissary which was created to provide inmates an account for inmate money and for purchasing things not issued by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can deposit money to these Commissary accounts using Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money in postal mail and must send it 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 deposit 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 U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have valid prisoner info if the envelope has a return address. Cash and checks will not be accepted for deposit so do not send any 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 via one of these methods:

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

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info must 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 the wrong federal inmate, the money might not get returned to you.

For additional info about how to send money to an inmate, check out the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are often moved to different correctional facilities throughout the country, so you might need to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow 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 prison has its own procedures for inmate visitation and they change frequently. The policies listed here could be different now, so make sure to also go to the facility’s website to get the latest rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure each visitor signs the prison visitors log upon entering the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

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

For all of the things shown below, read the official prison website as this info is changed frequently:

  • 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 Chicago Federal Prison Visitation Policy go to: Inmate Visitation Guide

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a prison? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, click here: Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center Jobs


The official website: Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center

Have you ever been incarcerated in Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this prison?

If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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