How many people can visit?
Generally, incarcerated people are permitted to see up to three visitors at the same time. However, the maximum number can vary depending on space and other conditions in each jail, such as space and the number of visitors at any given time. People incarcerated before trial are usually allowed three visits during a week, each on separate days. Sentenced individuals may have two visits per week, on separate days. You can learn more here.
Are there age requirements?
Children may visit. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult who is 18 years or older and has proper identification. A teenager who is 16 or 17 years old may visit without an adult, but may not act as an adult escort of a child under 16, unless both the visitor and the incarcerated person are the child’s parents. You can learn more here.
When can I visit?
There is a visitation schedule of dates and hours based on the last name of the person incarcerated. Visits must occur at certain times on specified days. Friends and family can obtain this information at the Department of Correction website.
What forms of ID are required?
You must have the proper identification. Check the DOC website to be sure you have the right one. Every adult visitor and unaccompanied minor aged 16 and 17 must have one form of valid identification containing a clear photograph and signature. A valid identification card must be unexpired. Examples of valid identification documents include:
- Drivers license with photo and signature (including out of state licenses)
- Alien photo I.D. card/passport
- School identification card
- Employment identification card
- Food stamp card
- U.S. Armed Forces I.D. card
- New York State Department of Motor Vehicle Non-Driver License I.D.
The following items are not permitted inside a City jail:
- Cellular telephones
- Electronic equipment
- Recording devices
- Weapons including firearms, ammunition, and knives
- Drugs, alcohol, and beverages