Marina Blanchard, 20, of White Plains, New York, carries her infant, Eininia, onto the Q100 Bus after having being denied a visit to see her husband and baby's father for the second day in a row. Marina's jeans were slightly torn so she was denied a visit. The day before the bus had pulled up to the visit center at 2:01 p.m.: one minute after visiting hours had ended. Marina's husband has been in Solitary Confinement for over 20 days because he was jumped by a gang of inmates and fought back. He has lost all feeling in his hands because of the beating. Currently the process that family and loved ones must undertake to travel to Rikers Island, be screened, searched and investigated before visiting their loved ones detained or incarcerated there is arduous, extensive, elongated, inhumane and abusive. The Department of Correction has proposed rule changes to the DOC charter that will make visiting more difficult and intrusive for family and loved ones of those housed on the jail island complex in the East River.
Often people are denied visits for arbitrary reasons, aren't given proper guidelines to follow and are abused, groped, harassed and disparaged by some of the corrections officers manning the visit houses and posts on Rikers Island. The DOC has proposed changes to visiting which would: require mandatory NSA back-ground checks, prohibit children older than 14 from hugging their parents throughout the visit et al. The BOC is expected to vote on these Rule Changes on December 16, 2015.
- Kelly Grace Price
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- Visiting Loved Ones on Rikers Island, Visiting Loved Ones at Rikers Island: Easier Said Than Done