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  1. David Summers Sun, Apr 08 2012 8:51 PM

    Great website! Easy to use... are going to branch out into other country's jails also?

  2. Dude Tue, Oct 30 2012 5:23 PM

    I had no idea there were so many jails in NYC. Good info.. tight.

  3. Rob Fri, Jul 19 2013 6:32 PM

    MDC is not on Hazen, that would be Riker Island in Queens. Correct address is 125 White St in Manhattan.

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Visiting an Inmate in the Manhattan Detention Complex in New York

The New York City Department of Corrections recognizes the importance of keeping in touch with family members or friends during a period of incarceration, and they encourage visitation periods. They have a number of programs to help ease the inmate back to society after their time in jail is up, and this includes these visitation periods to make their stay more endurable. As compassionate as they are about visitations and the general well-being of an inmate and their loved ones, they also have rules and guidelines to adhere to.

Visitations are from Wednesday through Sunday every week – absolutely no visitations are allowed on Mondays or Tuesdays. There are different schedules for visitations every month, so please visit this site to view a complete schedule to know when you can visit an inmate. Inmates can have up to 3 visitors during a single session, and they are permitted one visitation a day.

In order to visit an inmate, you must register by the time posted on the aforementioned website in order to ensure your visitation period. The times can vary due to unforeseen circumstances. Also, if you are over 18, you are required to present a valid ID. A driver's license will do, but you can also use a state or government issued ID, a passport, or a military ID. See here for a complete list of acceptable IDs. Visitors under the age of 16 are not required to show ID, but they must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18. Individuals aged 16 or 17  with valid identification may accompany a child under the age of 16 if he or she is the parent of that child and the inmate being visited is also the parent of the same child.  In this case, the 16- or 17-year-old must produce a birth certificate for the child under the age of 16, as per New York City standards. Also refer to the aforementioned website for dress codes and what to bring and what not to bring during a visit. Read this article for more information on the acceptable guidelines regarding a jail visit.

Visiting a family member or a loved one in jail is another way to keep the lines of communication open and free. A period of incarceration can be tough on friends and family, and especially for the inmate, but keeping in touch is important. It's a part of the healing process during a difficult time such as this, and while these visits are definitely not under the most ideal of circumstances, they mean a lot to everyone involved.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Manhattan Detention Complex in New York

The Manhattan Detention Complex, colloquially known as The Tombs, is a borough located in lower Manhattan. It has a long history dating back to 1838, but it is one of New York's most well-known jails outside of Rikers Island. It was known as the Bernard B. Kerik Complex from 2001-2006, but after the former police commissioner's downfall, it became known as the Manhattan Detention Complex once again.

If you have a friend or a family member currently incarcerated at the so-called "mausoleum for the living," you can look them up easily. Go to this website, and click on the "Inmate Lookup" link on the left hand side of the screen. It will then direct you to the New York City Department of Corrections inmate lookup page. With this site, you have to be very specific on who you are looking for. You have to know the inmate's case number, or a full first & last name, as well as a date of birth in order to execute a successful search. No shortcuts. No looking up someone for the heck of it. New York City is a city of purpose, and it requires you to have a purpose when looking up an inmate!

The search database for the NYC Department of Corrections has a reputation for being unreliable sometimes, as it has been reported that it doesn't work a lot of the time. You can use the VINELINK inmate search, located here, fi you are looking for an alternate way to look up an inmate locked up in New York. It will give you a number to call if you want to look up an inmate, or for other inmate information. That number is 1-866-847-1298. It also provides e-mail notifications and other services. It also gives you a link to the New York State Department of Corrections, and you can execute a search that way. The only problem is that it is a statewide search, and since New York State has a huge population (the 3rd highest in the nation after California and Texas), locating your inmate may be a bit of a challenge. But it's still possible! Don't give up hope!

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Manhattan Detention Complex in New York

The New York City Department of Corrections is very tough on crime – they don't mess around. Especially after the era before Giuliani and after September 11th, they don't leave any stones unturned. Despite their tough-as-nails approach to crime, they do allow inmates to send and receive mail.

In order to write a letter, you need the inmate's full name, the inmate's book and case number, and the full address of the facility they are housed in. Also, please apply the appropriate postage to ensure the inmate receiving your letter.  The address for the Brooklyn Detention Complex is:

Manhattan Detention Complex
125 White Street
New York, NY 10013

There are no restrictions on printed material or letters that you can send an inmate, but pornographic material and images deemed inappropriate will be confiscated. Also, if you choose to send photographs, there are also a few rules to follow: no Polaroid photos, nothing pornographic or inappropriate, and no pictures of the inmate.

The staff at the Manhattan Detention Complex also allows you to send items and packages through the mail, so long as their guidelines are strictly followed. Permissible items may be mailed to the inmate, and they cannot exceed fifteen pounds. The packages must also be less than twenty-four inches (24") wide, twelve inches (12") high, and twenty-four inches (24") deep. For a complete list of what can be sent to an inmate via mail, please refer to this website. Please note that if you do knowingly send contraband to an inmate, you will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As New York City is fairly liberal on what you can send to an inmate during their stay in jail, they are also very tough on crime, so be cautious and respectful to their rules and regulations!

Writing and sending mail to an inmate keeps the lines of communication open, and it shows the inmate that you care for them. If you are a family member or a loved one, a period of forced separation can be very difficult and tough emotionally as well as physically, but sending letters is a good way to keep in touch during this period, and sending them items will make their time in jail somewhat easier knowing you have their back and they have the basic necessities to survive.

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