The island is located directly adjacent to laguardia airport. 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.
The prison barge was built in new orleans.
Rikers island prison barge. When asked about a prison in the east river any new yorker will proudly tell you the answer rikers but did you know there is another one less than a mile away. The new barge was named for well liked and respected warden vernon c. It is home to ten of the new york city department of corrections fifteen facilities and can accommodate up to 15000 prisoners.
New york city bought rikers island from a dutch family in 1884 for. It took 15 years and may take a couple more but the prison barge docked at the end of the hunts point peninsula will be moved to rikers island. On january 26 1992 the recently outfitted prison barge was brought through long island sound by the tugboat michael turecamo after an 1800 nautical mile trip.
It took 15 years and may take a couple more but the prison barge docked at the end of the hunts point peninsula will be moved to rikers island. Floating off the coast of hunts point in the bronx is a massive prison barge right next to the new fulton fish market. Rikers island prison colloquially called rikers is the main prison compound of new york city located on rikers island between the burroughs of queens and the bronx.
Bain center is a floating prison barge off the coast of hunts point that holds 800 prisoners from rikers island. Rikers island is therefore not a prison by us terminology which typically holds offenders serving longer term sentences. Bain who had died in an automobile accident.