The barge falls under the new york city department of corrections and is part of the vast rikers island jail complex the worlds largest penal colony. Sink the barge was exclaimed by protestors led by city councilman rafael salamanca jr outside of the vernon c.
The prison barge was built in new orleans.
Rikers island jail barge. Bain center vcbc also known as the vernon c. It is close to the runways of laguardia airport. Supposedly named after abraham rycken who bought the island in 1664 the island was originally under 100 acres 40 ha in.
Bain detention center in hunts point on thursday may 3. Bain center is a floating prison barge off the coast of hunts point that holds 800 prisoners from rikers island. Opened in 1992 to accommodate the inmate overflow at rikers island the jail barge was intended to serve as a temporary.
Bain maritime facility and under the nickname the boat is an 800 bed jail barge used to hold inmates for the new york city department of corrections. Rikers island r a k er z is a 41317 acre 167204 ha island in the east river between queens and the bronx that is home to new york citys main jail complex. At the time the dinkins administration told the hunts point community that it would be temporary but conversations to close the barge have since stalled.
The jail barge was conceptualized under then mayor ed kochs administration and opened during mayor david dinkins tenure.