On a daily average, the New York City Department of Corrections facilitates between 12,000 and 17,000 inmates, which is more than the prison population in many state correctional systems. Stretching more than 400 acres, Rikers Island consists of 10 major jails for sentenced males, detained and sentenced females and the detention of adolescent males. In addition to the jails in New York City on Rikers Island are a central laundry, bakery, K-9 unit, power plant, tailor shop and transportation divisions.
he 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.