Rikers Island Visiting Hours

Rikers Island Jail Visiting Hours

Rikers Island Visiting Hours: Wed & Th 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m Fr, Sa & Su 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m 

Rikers Island New York City’s main jail complex : The island in the East River between Queens and the Bronx

Rikers Island Visiting Hours: Overview

The visit schedule is based on the first letter of the incarcerated individual’s last name. 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.

Click here for monthly visiting schedule charts

There are no visits on Mondays and Tuesdays

Wednesday and Thursday

Registration hours for all facilities on Rikers Island as well as for the Brooklyn Detention Complex in downtown Brooklyn, 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.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

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.)

Facility lockdowns may affect regularly scheduled visit hours.

* Visits to DOC Hospital Prison Wards located in Bellevue Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Registration hours for the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward are from 1:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visits are permitted from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. On City Holidays, registration hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. and visits are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration and visit hours for the Elmhurst Hospital Prison Ward are from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals located in the Elmhurst Hospital Outpost may receive visits from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration and visit hours for the Elmhurst Hospital Prison Ward are not affected by City Holidays.

Number of Visits and Visitors

Individuals in custody 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/individuals in custody.  Detainees may receive visits three (3) times per week.  Sentenced individuals may receive visits two (2) times per week.  All individuals in custody are limited to one (1) visit session per visit day, regardless of the number of visitors in that session.

Rikers Island Jail Visiting Hours

Rikers Island Visiting Hours: Wed & Th 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m Fr, Sa & Su 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m 

Visit an Inmate

1. Visitors will be subject to passive canine searches when arriving to the Rikers Island Visit Control Building or the Borough facilities, or any other facility including the Hospital Prison Wards.

2. 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.

3. Children under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult over 18 are not required to present any identification at all.

4. 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
  • Valid Employment ID card with photo AND most recent employment paycheck/stub
  • DMV Non-driver license identification card

Other Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • 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
  • IDNYC card

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

Rikers Island Visiting Hours – Rikers Island Facilities

Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC)
18-18 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC) Formerly known as CIFM
10-10 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC)
15-15 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

George R. Vierno Center (GRVC)
09-09 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

James A. Thomas Center (JATC)
14-14 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

North Infirmary Command (NIC)
15-00 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Otis Bantum Correctional Center (OBCC)
16-00 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC)
11-11 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC)
19-19 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

West Facility (WF)
16-06 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Rikers Island Visiting Hours: Wed & Th 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m Fr, Sa & Su 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m 

Directions to Rikers Island

By Bus: Take either the MTA Q101 or Q100 to Rikers Island. The Q101 originates in Manhattan, at East 59th Street and Second Avenue. It will take you to Hazen Street and 19th Avenue in Queens, which is the entrance to Rikers Island. You will have to transfer here to the Q100 bus to travel over the Rikers Island Bridge to the Rikers Island Visit Center.

The Q100 originates on Jackson Av at 42 Road and continues to the Rikers Island Visit Center. Consult the MTA for schedules.

Download the Q100 bus schedule

By Car: Parking is very limited. Public transportation is best option. From the Bronx or Manhattan, take the Triboro Bridge to Queens eastbound along the Grand Central Parkway. Exit at Astoria Boulevard, bear left and go straight on 23rd Avenue (just after Grand Central Parkway entrance ramp) to 82nd Street. Left on 82nd Street to 81st Street. Right on 81st Street (name changes to 19th Avenue) to the first traffic light. This is Hazen Street. Right on Hazen to Rikers Island parking lot.

Note: After exiting at Astoria Boulevard, all distances traveling thereafter are very short.

From Brooklyn or Staten Island, take the BQE toward Queens and follow directions above for traveling on Astoria Boulevard.

Where is Rikers Island on the Map?

Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward (BHPW)
462 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Driving Directions

Brooklyn Detention Complex (BKDC)
275 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Public Transportation: Take 2 or 3 to Hoyt Street. 4 or 5 to Borough Hall A, C, G to Hoyt Schermerhorn or N or R trains to Jay Street Metro Tech.
Driving Directions

Elmhurst Hospital Prison Ward (EHPW)
79-01 Broadway
Queens, NY 11370
Public Transportation: Take 7 train to 74 Street and Broadway or E, M or R trains to Elmhurst Avenue.
Driving Directions

Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC)
125 White Street
New York, NY 10013
Public Transportation: Take 6, N, Q, R, J, or Z trains to Canal Street.
Driving Directions

Queens Detention Complex (QDC)
126-01 82nd Avenue
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Public Transportation: Take E or F train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike or the LIRR to Kew Gardens.
Driving Directions

Vernon C. Bain Center (VCBC)
1 Halleck Street
Bronx, NY 10474
Driving Directions

Correction Academy
Rentar Plaza
66-26 Metropolitan Ave.
Middle Village
Public Transportation: Take the J train to Myrtle Avenue transfer to the M train and take the M to Middle Village- Metropolitan Avenue. Once you are off the train head East.
Driving directions

Bulova Building- DOC Headquarters
75-20 Astoria Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
Public Transportation: Take the E Train to Jackson Heights, walk to Victor Moore terminal and catch the Q47 to Marine Air Terminal A. Get off at 77st/25th ave and walk to the Bulova building.
Driving directions