Visitation Instructions Step 1 x Section has been updated
Be sure you have an acceptable form of identification. This facility recognizes:
Current, valid, driver’s license from any state
A non-driver, state-issued photo identification from any state
Resident alien or permanent resident card issued by the U.S. Department of Justice
Passport (from any country)
NYS benefits identification card (Medicaid/food stamp photo ID)
U.S. Armed Services identification
Consulate-issued or diplomatic identification
Everyone 16-years-old and older must present an acceptable form of ID before being allowed to visit an inmate.
Those who are under the age of 16 and accompanied by a parent or guardian do not need to show ID to visit an inmate.
16-17 year old parents can bring children to visit an inmate as long as:
The 16/17 year old has an acceptable form of ID
Both the 16/17 year old and the inmate must be the legally recognized parents of the child
The child’s birth certificate must be shown before the visit is permitted.
to choose which day to visit. This facility works off a rotating
monthly visitation schedule based on the first letter of the inmate’s
Arrive at the facility 20-30 minutes before your visit.
Be sure to allow time for the guards to inspect any clothing, books, etc. that you are bringing to the inmate. Click here for a complete list of what clothing the inmate is allowed to have.
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.
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
The Brooklyn Detention Complex reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Brooklyn 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.
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.
CLICK HERE TO GET DIRECTIONS TO RIKERS ISLAND INCLUDING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS AND SCHEDULES.
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Brooklyn 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.
The Brooklyn 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.
(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
garments including coats, shawls, ponchos, jackets, vests, gloves, or
over-boots or overshoes (outer boots or shoes that slip over other
Visitors must wear undergarments.
Call 212-266-1500 to ask specific questions about the Brooklyn Detention Complex Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
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 Brooklyn Detention Complex 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
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.
is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management
realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with
to see if video visitation is now available at Brooklyn Detention Complex
– as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.