Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center
Prison Code: LOS
Prison Type: Metropolitan Detention Center
Region: Western Region
State: California
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

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

Mailing Address

Make sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate so that you correctly write the address, and do the right steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, it could not get delivered.

MDC Los Angeles
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 1500
Los Angeles CA, 90053

Street Address / Prison Location

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

Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center
535 N Alameda Street
Los Angeles CA, 90012

Phone Number

Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center inmates don’t have telephones, so you can’t call an inmate, however, there are some times when it may be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

(213) 485-0439

Fax Number

Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t send a fax to an inmate, but there are some times when it may be necessary to know the fax number to the prison.

(213) 253-9510 

Email Address

The email address listed below is the primary email for Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center. You cannot reach prisoners at this email. If you need to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email information on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   992 

Inmate Email

To email a letter to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Prisoners are allowed to receive emails only to people that are on their approved contact list. An federal inmate has to make a request to recieve and send email messages with a person by putting them into their contact list.

All email is monitored. Prison inmates must consent to email monitoring when they sign up to participate in the email system. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to getting monitored when they agree to correspondence with the inmate and are reminded every time that they get an email from the inmate.

When a contact is approved that person will get an email message which directs them to CorrLink at www.corrlink.com.
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Emails may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. Also, the emails cannot be longer than 13,000 characters. Email messages that don’t follow these rules will not get sent.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain procedures that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a federal prisoner. If you do not then the mail might not make it there.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Los Angeles Federal Prison guards do open and read and inspect all received general mail. Received general packages and mail can be read as frequently as deemed necessary to ensure safety and security or watch a particular problem regarding inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you must address a package or letter to a federal inmate at Los Angeles Federal Prison:

MDC Los Angeles
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 1500
Los Angeles CA, 90053

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 a bank type account for prisoner funds and for buying things not issued by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money into these Commissary accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send prisoners money in postal mail and must send money to this address and follow the rules listed 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. It is best if you use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold, and in this time the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that don’t have correct prisoner info but only if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be accepted so do not send cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family are also able to 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 should call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com.
  2. On the 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 www.westernunion.com and choose “Quick Collect.”

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

  1. Correct 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 funds might not get returned.

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

Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently moved to different prisons around the country, so sometimes you may have to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate 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 procedures for prison visitation and they get changed often. The information listed here could be out of date by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also check the prison’s official website to find the most recent visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will make sure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the correctional facility and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo 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, go to 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 entire Los Angeles Federal Prison Visitation Policy click here: Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a prison? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison in the past?

If so, click here: Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center Jobs


The official website: Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center

Have you ever been incarcerated in Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to write in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are an inmate at this facility, leave your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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