The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) provides for the care, custody, and control of persons accused of crimes or convicted and sentenced to one year or less of jail time.
The Department manages 11 inmate facilities, 8 of which are located on Rikers Island. In addition, the Department operates two hospital Prison Wards (Bellevue and Elmhurst hospitals) and court holding facilities in each borough.
During Fiscal Year 2018, the Department handled over 49,000 admissions and managed an average daily inmate population of approximately 8,900 individuals.
Benjamin Ward Visit Center
The Riker's Island Benjamin Ward Visit Center serves the various jail facilities on Riker's Island. All visitors must coordinate their visits through the Benjamin Ward Visit Center. The Visit Center is located at 18-31 Hazen St. East Elmhurst, NY 11370.
Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC)
Opened in 1972, the jail was formally dedicated the Robert N. Davoren Center in May 2006 in honor of a former Chief of Department.
George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC)
Originally opened in 1971 as the Correctional Institution for Women, the jail became a male detention center with the 1988 opening of the Rose M. Singer Center for women and was renamed in memory of a 17-year veteran Correction Officer fatally shot in the line of duty. GMDC was closed in 2018 and is no longer used to house people in custody.
Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC)
Built in 1964 and expanded in 1973, EMTC houses males in custody sentenced to terms of one year or less. Most of its housing is dormitory style. The facility, previously designated the Correctional Institution for Men, was renamed on July 14, 2000, in honor of retired Chief of Department Eric M. Taylor.
Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC)
Completed in 1978, and named for DOC's second female commissioner, AMKC houses male detainees in a facility spread over 40 acres. It includes a Methadone Detoxification Unit.
Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC)
Opened in June 1988 as a facility for female detainees and women in custody sentenced to a year or less. Subsequent additional modular housing was added. In 1985, the Department opened the nation's first jail-based baby nursery at the old Correctional Institution for Women featuring an expanded 25-bed baby nursery. It was named for an original member of the New York City Board of Correction.
Otis Bantum Correctional Center (OBCC)
Opened in June 1985, it was completed in less than 15 months using modern design and construction methods. OBCC has dormitory and cell housing. The jail was named for its second Warden.
North Infirmary Command (NIC)
Consists of two separate buildings one of them the original Rikers Island Hospital built in 1932. It houses people in custody with acute medical conditions and require infirmary care, or have a disability that requires housing that is compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act. NIC also houses some general population detainees.
George R. Vierno Center (GRVC)
Opened in 1991 and was named after a deceased retired Chief of Department and Acting Commissioner. GRVC was expanded in 1993.
James A. Thomas Center (JATC)
Formerly the House of Detention for Men, this 1,200-bed, all-cell jail was renamed in honor of the Department's first African-American warden. Built in the early 1930s as Rikers Island's first permanent jail, the landmark structure is no longer in use.
West Facility - Contagious Disease Unit (WF)
Opened in the fall of 1991, WF was constructed of ‘Sprungs’ - rigid aluminum framed structures covered by a heavy-duty plastic fabric. The facility includes single-cell units, some of which make up the Department's Communicable Disease Unit (CDU). Other cells house detainees separate and apart from the CDU.
Brooklyn Detention Complex (BKDC)
Built on Atlantic Avenue in 1957, the facility housed male detainees most of whom were undergoing the intake process or awaiting trial in Kings County (Brooklyn) and Richmond County (Staten Island) courts. BKDC closed in 2020 and is no longer used to house people in custody. For more information on the city’s close Rikers plan, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice website, HERE.
Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC)
This lower Manhattan command consists of two buildings designated the North and South Towers, connected by a bridge. The North Tower was opened in 1990. The South Tower, formerly the Manhattan House of Detention, or the "Tombs," was opened in 1983, after a complete remodeling. The complex houses male detainees, most of them undergoing the intake process or facing trial in New York County (Manhattan).
Vernon C. Bain Center (VCBC)
A five-story jail barge built in New Orleans to DOC specifications, the facility houses medium to maximum security detainees. Opened in the Fall of 1992, it is named for a former Warden who died in a car accident. It serves as the Bronx detention facility for intake processing.
Queens Detention Complex (QDC)
The Queens Detention Complex (QDC) is not a working jail and does not house people in custody. QDC includes court facilities, where people in custody are held for court appearances and for the intake process. Portions are also used as a space for television/movie production filming.
The Department maintains secure facilities in two City hospitals:
Elmhurst Hospital Prison Ward (EHPW), Queens - for female detainees.
Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward, (BHPD), Manhattan - for male detainees.