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06-01-2011, 09:17 PM
Information Obtained From The New York City Department Of Corrections

Visit schedule: The visit schedule is based on the first letter of inmates’ last names. Visitors should check the visitation schedule to be sure their friend or family member is eligible for a visit on a specific day. Click on the month below.

The visit schedule is based on the first letter of an inmates' last name.



Registration hours for all facilities on Rikers Island as well as for the Manhattan Detention Complex in downtown Manhattan and the Vernon C. Bain Center in the Bronx on Wednesdays and Thursdays are from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visits are permitted from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., but visitors must register by 8:00 p.m.


Registration hours for the above facilities on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visits will begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., but visitors must register by 2:00 p.m. (Please note: the start of visiting hours can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.)

Number of Visits and Visitors

Inmates are permitted to visit with up to three (3) visitors at the same time, with the maximum number to be determined by conditions set forth in each facility, availability of space and volume of visitors/inmates. Detainees may receive visits three (3) times per week. Sentenced inmates may receive visits two (2) times per week. All inmates are limited to one (1) visit session per visit day, regardless of the number of visitors in that session.

New Visitors’ Identification Policy

Effective January 1, 2011, the Department of Correction made three major changes to the policies regarding identification of visitors. The changes are as follows:

1) All visitors 16 years of age and older must present valid current identification that contains a photograph and signature. Acceptable forms of identification for all visitors are listed below.
2) Children under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult over 18 are not required to present any identification at all.
3) A 16-year-old or 17-year old with valid identification may accompany a child under the age of 16 if he or she is the parent of that child and the inmate being visited is also the parent of the same child. In this case, the 16- or 17-year-old must produce a birth certificate for the child under the age of 16.

ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION from any state or territory in the U.S.:

Current driver’s license
School identification
Employment identification
DMV Non-driver license identification card

Resident alien or permanent resident card issued by the U.S. Department of Justice
Passport (from any country)
NYS benefits identification card (Medicaid/food stamp photo ID)
U.S. Armed Services identification
Consulate-issued or diplomatic identification

If you have any questions while at a facility, please ask a Correction Officer or Supervisor

None of the following items may be brought into any New York City jail, the Rikers Island Visit Control Building or the Hospital Prison Wards.

Guns, including stun guns and zip guns, bullets, or imitation guns and bullets
Illegal drugs
Knives, imitation knives, box cutters, needles, razors, hobby blades, scalpels, scissors or any other sharp objects, brass knuckles or any other weapons
Metal or glass objects
Nail clippers and fingernail files
Tobacco products and related paraphernalia including cigarettes, cigars, rolling paper, chewing tobacco or pipes
Tape or other adhesives of any kind
Explosive devices
Matches or lighters
Electronic devices including cellular telephones or telephone accessories, personal digital assistants, portable media players including but not limited to Ipods, Ipads,MP3 players, e-readers, pagers, beepers, laptops, cameras, recording devices or radios
Law enforcement badges and equipment and facsimiles
Liquids and beverages except two clear plastic bottles with non-alcoholic beverages for babies accompanying visitors
Metal hairclips and hairpins
Non-prescription medication
Non-prescription sunglasses
No more than a total of three books, newspapers and/or magazines (except when included in an inmate package)
Digital media including but not limited to CDs and DVDs
Photographs (exc ept when included in an inmate package, although Polaroid photos and photos that include pictures of the inmate are not permitted)
Chewing gum

Visitors may bring prescription medication in its original container to the facility which, except for life-saving prescription medication, must be stored in a facility locker and may not be brought to the facility visit floor.

Additional Items Not Permitted on Jail Visit Floors

Visitors are not permitted to possess or wear any personal belongings onto the visit floor other than a single layer of clothing. Secure storage lockers will be provided at facilities. However, at Rikers Island, coins to operate lockers can only be obtained at the Visit Control Building.

Visitors will not be allowed access to facility visit floors while in possession of:

Pocketbooks, purses, backpacks, knapsacks, waist pouches, diaper bags or wallets
Money or Metrocards
Keys, except a facility locker key
Reading materials
Diapers (excluding the diaper worn by a baby)
Food and candy
Beverages (other than one clear plastic bottle for a baby)

Visitors with a baby are permitted to bring onto the facility visit floor one baby blanket, one clear plastic baby bottle containing a non-alcoholic beverage and one baby bib for the baby.

Visitors are permitted to bring to the facility visit floor only life-saving prescription medication such as an asthma pump or nitroglycerin. Visit floor staff will secure all such life-saving prescription medication for the duration of the visit, give back the medication to the visitor as requested by the visitor for medical reasons, and return the remainder of the medication to the visitor at the conclusion of the visit. Other prescription medication may be brought to the facility, but must be stored in a facility locker and may not be bought to the facility visit floor.

Visitors are permitted to bring mobility aids such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes and crutches to the facility visit floor. Other than wheelchairs, visit floor staff will secure mobility aids for the duration of the visit and return the aid to the visitor at the conclusion of the visit. Visitors with wheelchairs will be permitted to use the wheelchair for the duration of the visit.

Visitors’ Dress Code (effective March 2, 2011)To provide for the safety and security of Department staff, inmates and visitors and to maintain a family-friendly environment, visitors must wear appropriate clothing to visit inmates. Overly suggestive clothing and clothing in which contraband and non-permissible items can be hidden are not permitted. When meeting with an inmate, visitors may only wear a single layer of clothing (except those visitors required to wear a cover-up garment) and NO ACCESSORIES.

Visitors WILL NOT be permitted onto the visit floor of a jail if they are wearing any of the following:

Clothing with holes or rips that are located more than three inches above the knee
Hooded garments
Hats and head coverings (excluding religious head coverings)
Clothing identifying a specific gang by name or logo
Clothing that makes explicit reference to obscene language, drugs, sex or violence
Swimming attire
See-through garments
Jewelry (excluding a wedding ring and one religious medal no more than two inches in diameter hung on chain of one quarter-inch or less in diameter and no longer than 24 inches
Tops, including dresses, which expose the chest, stomach or back
Shorts, skirts or dresses the hem of which is more than three inches above the knee
Spandex leggings unless covered by tops, shorts, skirts or dresses the hem of which is no more than three inches above the knee
Outer garments including coats, shawls, ponchos, jackets, vests, gloves, or over-boots or overshoes (outer boots or shoes that slip over other shoes)

Visitors must wear undergarments.

Visitors whose attire violates the dress code will be permitted a contact visit if they agree to wear a cover-up garment provided by the Department. Visitors who refuse to wear a cover-up garment provided by the Department will be denied a visit.