Visiting Loved Ones on Rikers Island: Easier Said Than Done
Visitors to Rikers Island line up to board the Q100 bus to take them off the jail complex. Currently the process that family and loved ones must undertake to travel to Rikers Island, be screened, searched and investigated before visiting their loved ones detained or incarcerated there is arduous, extensive, elongated, inhumane and abusive. The Department of Correction has proposed rule changes to the DOC charter that will make visiting more difficult and intrusive for family and loved ones of those housed on the jail island complex in the East River.
Often people are denied visits for arbitrary reasons, aren't given proper guidelines to follow and are abused, groped, harassed and disparaged by some of the corrections officers manning the visit houses and posts on Rikers Island. The DOC has proposed changes to visiting which would: require mandatory NSA back-ground checks, prohibit children older than 14 from hugging their parents throughout the visit et al. The BOC is expected to vote on these Rule Changes on December 16, 2015. VIsitors to Rikers Island must take the MTA bus over the only bridge to the island that is home to the jail complex where pre-trial detainees too poor to afford bail go to await trial in New York City.
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