San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center
Prison Code: SDC
Prison Type: Metropolitan Correctional Center
Region: Western Region
State: California
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Below you have the street address and mailing address for San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate at San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below if you are going to send something to a prisoner so that you correctly write the address, and do the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could not get delivered.

MCC San Diego
Metropolitan Correctional Center
808 Union Street
San Diego CA, 92101

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 information on this page if you are going to visit an inmate at San Diego Federal Prison.

San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center
808 Union Street
San Diego CA, 92101

Phone Number

Federal inmates don’t have phones, so you won’t be able to call inmates, however, there are some times when it might be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have faxes, so you can’t fax your inmate, but there are some times when it may be helpful to know the fax number to San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center.


Email Address

The email address below is the main email for the facility. You can’t email inmates at this address. If you want to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,007 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Prisoners are allowed to email messages only to people listed on their approved contact list. An federal inmate has to make a formal request to send and recieve email messages with a friend or family member by placing that person into their contact list.

All email correspondence is monitored. Prison inmates must consent to getting monitored when they agree to participate in the email system. External contacts give consent to being monitored when they agree to corresponding with the prisoner and are notified each and every time that they get email correspondence from the prisoner.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list you will get an email confirmation which directs them to the CorrLink system at

Email messages must not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. Also, email should not be longer than 13,000 characters. Emails that are not consistent with these rules will be rejected.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal prisoners are not allowed to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain procedures that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might be returned to you.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

San Diego Federal Prison guards do open and read all received general mail. Received general packages and mail is read as frequently as is necessary to ensure security or watch problems regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the proper format for how you must address a letter or package to a federal prisoner at San Diego Federal Prison:

MCC San Diego
Metropolitan Correctional Center
808 Union Street
San Diego CA, 92101

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

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates a bank-like account for prisoner money and for purchasing things not issued by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can deposit money into these 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 have to send money to this address and follow the steps 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 have to be in 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 placed on a 15-day hold, and during this period the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that don’t have correct prisoner info but only if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Checks and cash can’t be accepted 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 via one of these methods:

  1. At a physical location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call or go to
  2. By phone with a credit/debit card: Call and select menu option 2.
  3. On the web with a credit or debit card: Visit and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of 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 that prisoner, the money might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send money to an inmate, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:

Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently transported to different correctional facilities around the nation, so sometimes you may have to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate an federal 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 visitation and these rules change often. The rules listed below may be different now, so be sure to also check the prison’s official website to find the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures each visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the prison and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. Appropriate 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, 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 Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the entire Guide to San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center Visitation click here:

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility previously?

If so, go to:


The official website:

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center

Have you ever spent any time in San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center?

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

Things you can put in your comment:

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

If you are an inmate at San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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