Emily (coolpearls) wrote in little_details,

Visiting a pre-trial inmate in NYC

Setting: An alternate earth a few years in the future. So far, I've kept it pretty close to the current earth, so I'd like to be accurate, but I could take liberties, and it wouldn't be too big of a deal.

My character is visiting her mom pre-trial. A few questions:

1) Would she be in Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan? It seems the best fit ("an administrative facility housing male and female pre-trial and holdover inmates.") but then I read here that it's a place mostly for drug dealers, gangsters, and terrorists. Her mom is being convicted of a military-related crime - too long to explain, but she's been taking microchips out of retired soldiers, a huge no-no in this society. Should she be at Rikers Island instead?

2) Any specifics I should know about visiting an inmate? I already read the visiting rules at http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/nym/index.jsp, so I know what my character should be wearing, the medical detector, what she shouldn't have in her purse, the time limit, etc., but any personal stories? Will they be in a large room with other visitors and inmates, too? Like at picnic tables, like they have in the TV shows/movies? Or maybe speaking through telephones (I don't think this is the case for MCC, because an inmate is allowed 3 adults and 3 children at a time)?

research done: http://www.bop.gov, http://nyc.gov, wikipedia, google searches: visiting inmates, visiting inmates in nyc, pre-trial inmates in nyc, pretrial inmates in nyc, military criminals in nyc, Rose M. Singer Center, rikers island (and during that, I found this and it seems like all kinds of criminals get sent to Rikers Island)

Thanks in advance!
Tags: usa: government: prison, usa: new york: new york city

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