Step Back Into the 1990s
When a Manhattan Map of

NYC DOC Facilities
Looked Like This:
[DOC Manhattan Map]

Off-Rikers Jails:

Except for Staten Island, the Department has a major detention center for male inmates in each of the boroughs. Included was and is the:
the Manhattan Detention Complex, aka The Tombs
The Department maintained secure facilities in three City hospitals, and a small unit at a fourth hospital for terminally-ill inmates. They included: In Manhattan (New York County) as in the other boroughs/counties, DOC transports inmate to and from the courts. The holding facilities for inmates making court appearances are located in or connected to the courthouses. These include the Supreme Courts, the Criminal Courts, and the Family Courts. Manhattan also was home to most of Department's central administrative offices. They were situated at three main locations downtown. But during the first weekend of June 2009 most of the Manhattan-based headquarters operation moved to the Bulova Corporate Center in Queens, a short drive to the Rikers Island bridge

The Manhattan Detention Complex [still operational]

125 White Street,
New York, N.Y.

The Manhattan Complex, in lower Manhattan, consists of two buildings designated the North and South Towers, connected by a bridge. The North Tower was opened in 1990. The South Tower, formerly the Manhattan House of Detention, or the Tombs, was opened in 1983 after a complete remodeling. The complex has a 881-bed capacity for male detainees.

Prior to the City Charter of 1938 taking effect, police had custoday of the various hospital prison wards. But Section 623.1 gave their control to the Department of Correction; thus on Jan. 1 of that year, DOC took over the prison wards then in Bellevue, Kings County and Fordham Hospitals.

Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward [still operational]

1st Avenue and 27th Street,
New York, N.Y.

Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward in Manhattan houses male inmates requiring psychiatric or medical treatment.

Goldwater Memorial Hospital Unit [discontinued]

Roosevelt Island,
New York, N.Y.

The Goldwater Memorial Hospital Unit on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, was a minimum security area maintained for terminal-care inmates and was under the supervision of the Rikers Island North Infirmary Command.

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