• In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of those who live and work on Rikers Island and other city jail facilities, DOC is suspending in-person visits beginning Wednesday, March 18.
• The City is continuing its policies of providing all persons in custody with domestic phone calls - free of charge, to help people in custody stay in contact with their families and communities.
• The Department is also working to implement a televisit initiative that will allow family and chosen family of people in custody the ability to remain in contact using their own personal PC or mobile device.
• This page will be periodically updated with additional information.

Visit Schedule

A Welcome from New York City Department of Correction

Last year, nearly 100,000 New Yorkers were remanded to the New York City Department of Correction and on an average day, about 7,500 people are detained in our facilities. Most of them stay here on Rikers Island, where we also host as many as 1,500 visitors daily. We recognize how important it is for individuals in custody and their families and friends to maintain contact with one another. We want your visits to be as pleasant as possible, so we are working to speed up the visit process, strengthen security, improve the Central Control Visit Building and provide information to help you plan your visits.

Our mission at every location is to ensure the humane care, custody and control of everyone who is in a New York City jail and to support them in their preparation for release. We offer a variety of programs and services in each of our facilities and partner with other city agencies and non-governmental organizations to sustain their successful transition back into our community.

We are committed to the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers and urge you to encourage those who you visit to take advantage of these opportunities. Enjoy your visit!

New York City Department of Correction


Visit Schedule

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.

March 2021
April 2021
May 2021
June 2021

Registration and Visit Hours *

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.