Visiting

The Suffolk County Correctional Facilities would like your visit to be as comfortable as possible. Please familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines of the facilities as described below.

ANY VISITOR INTRODUCING CONTRABAND INTO THE FACILITY WILL BE PROSECUTED. Drug sniffing dogs patrol inside the facilities and on the grounds.

The following information pertains to the Riverhead and Yaphank Correctional Facilities.  Information regarding the D.W.I. Alternative Facility visiting schedule can be obtained by calling 631-852-1893 or 631-852-1894. 

Visiting hours for the Riverhead and Yaphank facilities are Tuesday thru Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m.        
There are four sessions per day: 2:30-3:30pm, 4:00-5:00pm, 6:45-7:45pm, 8:15-9:15pm

Reservations for these sessions may be made in advance by calling 631-852-1893 or 631-852-1894, Monday–Friday 8 am to 11am or 12 pm to 4 pm. Call at least 24 hrs in advance and for the current week only. You must be at least 18 years old to schedule a visit.

Please be ready to provide the reservationists with the following information:

Your full name.

Your date of birth.

Contact phone number.

Any other identifying information you may be asked for. If you do not have a reservation, a “walk-in” visit may be possible depending on availability. Walk-in visitors must adhere to the established schedule.

Visiting is scheduled by the first initial of the Inmate’s last name as follows:


 Session     Odd Days   Even Days
 2:30-3:30      B-E-Z  D-S-V
 4:00-5:00  M-P-Q-X  F-G-J-Y
 6:45-7:45  C-K-W  L-N-T
 8:15-9:15  O-U-R  A-H-I

Inmates may have up to two (2) one-hour visits per week.  Inmates are permitted only two (2) visitors and two (2) small children at the same time into the visiting room. You may split the visit time among several individuals allowing a maximum of six (6) visitors per visit period. Once your visit time is over, you must leave the facility.

You must be at least 18 years old to schedule and/or visit alone. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian at all times while on facility property. An original Birth Certificate or Court documentation is required for all children.

Every adult visitor must present valid photo identification

Examples of photo I.D. that are accepted are: New York State issued driver’s license, learner’s permit or a non-driver photo I.D., a photo driver’s license issued by another state, or jurisdiction, a U.S. Military photo I.D. card, a U.S. passport, and a foreign passport.  Other forms of valid Government issued I.D. may be accepted at the discretion of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Visiting personnel.

WHAT TO EXPECT UPON ARRIVAL AT THE FACILITY AND PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled visiting session to allow for processing. Visitors who arrive late may not be processed for a visit.  Upon arrival Check-in at the Facility’s entrance booth.

Park in the designated visitor parking area only.  Remain in your vehicle or the sheltered waiting area until your designated visiting time. Once you have entered the facility, it will take approximately 30 minutes to process you for entrance into the visiting room. Please be patient and remain seated in the waiting area until an officer calls the name of the inmate you wish to see.      

Every effort will be made to accommodate all persons who are handicapped or need assistance.

The following items are not permitted into the visiting waiting area:

Tobacco products, Matches, Lighters, Food, Drinks, or Gum.

For your convenience, a locker will be assigned to you. You must place all your personal property in it.

 In accordance with NYSCOC Minimum Standards Section 7008, visitors are subject to being searched for contraband. In order to expedite your visit please follow all posted regulations and the directions of all officers. You will be required to successfully pass through a metal detector and meet dress requirements. You should avoid wearing clothing that contains multiple zippers, metal appliqués or bras with metal under wire. All contents from all pockets on your clothing should be removed. These and similar items may prevent you from being able to pass the metal detector. Your shoes must be removed and passed through the x-ray machine.

The following items are not permitted into the visiting room:

Jewelry, piercings, earrings, watches, bracelets of any kind, wallets, keys, pocketbooks, money, papers, writing utensils, hats, coats, vests, sweaters, layered clothing, hooded garments, beepers, phones, belts, hair scrunchies, hair clips, hair pins or any other item indicated by Correction Officers.

Your visit may be terminated for violation of facility rules. You will be denied your visit if you appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. You will also be denied a visit if you pose a threat to the safety, security or good order of the facility

Drug dogs patrol inside the facilities and on the grounds.  Any visitor caught with contraband or defacing facility property will be subject to arrest and will be barred from visiting or entering any facility properties.