Visiting Loved Ones on Rikers Island: Easier Said Than Done Visiting Rikers Island: Seperation and Heartbreak for Families of Loved ones Caged on the Notorious Jail Complex
A blind woman leads a line of visitors off the Q100 bus towards the vistors center on Rikers Island. She says she makes the journey often to see her husband detained on the island 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. Currently the Department of Corrections has proposed a raft of rule-changes to the visiting process which would restrict some people from visiting their loved ones altogether, require mandatory NSA back-ground checks, prohibit children older than 14 from sitting on their parents laps during family visits, and further discourage friends, relatives, pastoral leaders and community members from journeying to the island jail complex to support their loved-ones detained on Rikers in person. 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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