Manhattan Detention Complex Inmate Visitation

Manhattan Detention Complex Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule,
  • Visitation Rules,
  • Application & Registration
  • Inmate Video Visits, and
  • Jail Visitation Process for the Manhattan Detention Complex

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit at the jail, you first call the jail at 212-266-1500 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Visiting Hours in Manhattan Detention Complex

Visits at this jail are on a rotation basis depending on the first letter of the inmate’s last name. Click here to view the monthly schedule and determine which days your inmate is allowed to have visits.

Visits are one hour long. You can only visit once on each allowable visitation day.

Visiting hours for this facility are:

Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Mondays-Tuesdays NO VISITS

The staff strongly recommends you use public transportation to get to Rikers Island as public parking is very limited.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Manhattan Detention Complex may allow you an extended visitation. Call 212-266-1500 to ask for special consideration.

Call 212-266-1500 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

Manhattan Detention Complex Visitation Application Process

Manhattan Detention Complex does not require visitors to fill out an application and wait for approval, but you will register to visit and allow staff members to run your ID through a nationwide warrant/probation status system. 

'At Home' Video Visitation

Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.

Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.

Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.

Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Manhattan Detention Complex – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Manhattan Detention Complex

In general, anyone 16-years-old or older who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID, can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail, with the following exceptions:

You are on felony parole or probation.

You are on house arrest.

You have open criminal charges for which you are out on bond awaiting court dates.

You have a warrant for your arrest.

There is an order of protection is in place between you and the inmate regardless of which party has the order.

Your government-issued photo ID is illegally altered.

Note: When you register to visit, your ID will be run through a nationwide system and it will alert the staff of any warrants, probation statuses or orders of protections you might have. If there are warrants you will be arrested. If you are on felony probation you will not be allowed to visit.

The Manhattan Detention Complex reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Manhattan Detention Complex Visitation Dress Code

The Manhattan Detention Complex staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.

The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time. 

Wear clothes that are not revealing.

Don't wear see-through material.

Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.

Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.

Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.

Clothing that has a hole/rip that is more than three inches above your knee cannot be worn

You cannot wear clothing that has a hood.

Hats are prohibited. Religious head coverings are the only head coverings allowed.

Clothing identifying a specific gang by name or logo

Clothing that makes explicit reference to obscene language, drugs, sex or violence

No swimming attire is allowed.

If you can see through it, don’t wear it to the visit.


Jewelry (excluding a wedding ring and one religious medal no more than two inches in diameter hung on chain of one quarter-inch or less in diameter and no longer than 24 inches

Tops, including dresses, which expose the chest, stomach or back are prohibited.

Shorts, skirts or dresses the hem of which is more than three inches above the knee

Spandex leggings unless covered by tops, shorts, skirts or dresses the hem of which is no more than three inches above the knee

Outer garments including coats, shawls, ponchos, jackets, vests, gloves, or over-boots or overshoes (outer boots or shoes that slip over other shoes)

Visitors must wear undergarments.

Call 212-266-1500 to ask specific questions about the Manhattan Detention Complex Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Manhattan Detention Complex Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are in person and you are typically allowed one brief hug at the start and end of the visit. Attempting more than this will get the visit terminated.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Call 212-266-1500 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Manhattan Detention Complex visitation.