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Rikers Island

Rikers Penitentiary

NameRikers Island

First AppearanceFlesh and Blood

Latest AppearanceSearch and Destroy

PurposeDetention of short-term prisoners and prisoners awaiting trial


LocationQueens, NYC

Images (10)

Rikers Island is a complex of short-term detention facilities and jails, where Reese was brought for interrogation after he was captured by the FBI. (“2πR”)

It is located at the north tip of Queens. It serves as the New York City Department of Correction's main jail facility. The complex includes detention centers for prisoners awaiting trial, such as Elias, and jails for both male and female prisoners with one year or less to serve.

Known personnel

Known inmates


Real-life Situation

The Rikers Island complex, which consists of ten jails, holds local offenders who are awaiting trial and cannot afford, obtain, or were not given bail from a judge, those serving sentences of one year or less and those temporarily placed there pending transfer to another facility. Rikers Island is therefore a jail and not a prison, which typically holds offenders serving longer-term sentences. [1]


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