Benjamin Ward Visit Center
The Riker's Island Benjamin Ward Visit Center serves 10 separate jail facilities on Riker's Island. All visitors must coordinate their visits through the Benjamin Ward Visit Center. The Visit Center is located at 18-31 ("Eighteen Thirty-one") Hazen St. East Elmhurst, NY 11370.
Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC)
Opened in 1972, the facility houses - in separate quarters - adolescent male detainees (ages 16-17) and adult male detainees in modular dormitories, sprung structures and cells. The jail was formally dedicated the Robert N. Davoren Center in May 2006 in honor of the former Chief of Department.
Rehousing 18 year olds (English)
Rehousing 18 year olds (Spanish)
George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC)
Originally opened in 1971 as the Correctional Institution for Women, the jail became a male detention center with the 1988 opening of the Rose M. Singer Center for women and was renamed in memory of a 17-year veteran Correction Officer fatally shot in the line of duty.
Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC)
Built in 1964 and expanded in 1973, EMTC houses adolescent and adult male inmates sentenced to terms of one year or less. Most of its housing is dormitory style. Able-bodied sentenced inmates are required to work and provide Rikers Island with its grounds crews, facility maintenance and industrial labor force. The facility, previously designated the Correctional Institution for Men, was renamed on July 14, 2000, in honor of retired Chief of Department Eric M. Taylor.
Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC)
Completed in 1978, and named for the DOC's second female commissioner, AMKC houses male detainees in 40 housing areas spread over 40 acres. It includes a Methadone Detoxification Unit for detainees and DOC's Mental Health Center established in 1962.
Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC)
Opened in June 1988 as an 800-bed facility for female detainees and sentenced inmates. Subsequent additional modular housing has increased capacity to its present level. In 1985, the Department opened the nation's first jail-based baby nursery at the old Correctional Institution for Women. The new jail features an expanded 25-bed baby nursery. It was named for an original member of the New York City Board of Correction set up by Mayor Robert F. Wagner in 1957. The board is the Department's oversight agency.
Otis Bantum Correctional Center (OBCC)
Opened in June 1985, it was completed in less than 15 months using modern design and construction methods. OBCC has dormitory and cell housing and includes the Department's 400-bed Central Punitive Segregation Unit. The jail was named for its second warden who was in command at the time of his death.
North Infirmary Command (NIC)
Consists of two infirmary buildings, one of them the original Rikers Island Hospital built in 1932. The facility has 153 beds for housing infirmary care inmates and 263 beds - in specialized units - for inmates who require extreme protective custody because of their notoriety or the nature of their cases, and for inmates with HIV and AIDS-related conditions.
George R. Vierno Center (GRVC)
Opened in 1991 as an 850-bed facility for detainees, the facility was named after a deceased retired Chief of Department and Acting Commissioner. A 500-bed addition opened at GRVC in 1993.
James A. Thomas Center (JATC)
Formerly the House of Detention for Men, this 1,200-bed, all-cell jail was renamed in honor of the Department's first African-American warden. Built in the early 1930s as Rikers Island's first permanent jail, the landmark structure is no longer used to house inmates.
West Facility - Contagious Disease Unit (WF)
Opened in the fall of 1991, it was designed to be an 940-bed facility constructed of Sprung Structures- rigid aluminum framed structures covered by a heavy-duty plastic fabric. Part of the West Facility was converted into the Department's Contagious Disease Unit (CDU) center in which 140 specially air-controlled housing units are reserved for male and female inmates with contagious diseases such as tuberculosis. With the exception of the CDU, West Facility is operationally off-line and in reserve status at present.