What are transportations going to Rikers Island?
If it is not Monday or Tuesday (visitors are not allowed then), take either the MTA’s Q101 or Q100 (formerly Q101R) 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 there to the Q100 (formerly Q101R) bus to travel over the Rikers Island Bridge to the Rikers Island Visitor Center.
The Q100 (formerly Q101R) originates in Long Island City at 28th Street and Bridge Plaza South (Queens Plaza) and continues to the Rikers Island Visitor Center.
REGISTRATION AND VISIT HOURS
NO VISITS on Mondays and Tuesdays.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY :
Registration hours for all facilities on Rikers Island as well as the Manhattan Detention Complex in Manhattan and the Vernon C. Bail Center in the Bronx on Wednesdays and Thursdays are from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Visits are permitted from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, but you must register by 8:00 pm.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY :
Registration hours for the above facilities on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Visits will begin no earlier than 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm, but you must register by 2:00 pm.
Please note that the start of visiting hours can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Visitors have to check visitation schedule to make sure their friend or family member is eligible for visits that day.
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 visit session per visit day, regardless of the number of visitors in that session.
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) with proper identification. A visitor 16 or 17 years old may visit but may not act as an adult escort of a child under 16 unless both the visitor and the inmate to be visited are the parents of that child.
Every adult visitor must present one form of valid identification containing a distinguishable photograph and signature. A valid identification card must be unexpired. The types of verifiable personal identification include but are not limited to the following:
a driver’s license with photo and signature (not limited to New York State);
an alien photo l.D. card;
employment identification card (not required to have an expiration date);
food stamp card;
U.S. Armed Forces identification;
or a New York State Department of Motor Vehicle Non-Drivers License identification card.
Other forms of identification containing the visitor’s photograph and signature may be judged acceptable or not at the discretion of the visit control officers, but those forms listed above will be accepted, provided they are valid.
Radios, Walkmans, Beepers, Cellular Phones, Cameras and Electronic Equipment.
No Firearms, Ammunition, Knives, Drugs, Alcoholic Beverages, Recording Devices permitted on Rikers Island.
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