Visiting an Inmate

We recognize how important it is for inmates and their families and friends to maintain contact with one another. The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office would like your visit to be as comfortable as possible. Please familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines of the facilities as described below.

Visiting days & times

Visiting hours for the Riverhead and Yaphank facilities are Tuesday thru Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m.  

There are four sessions per day:

2:30-3:30 pm 


6:45-7:45 pm

8:15-9:15 pm

*Note: Starting Saturday, September 21, 2019, Saturday visiting hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Reservations for these sessions may be made in advance by calling 631-852-1893 or 631-852-1894 

Monday–Friday: 8:00am-11:00am or 12:00pm-4:00pm

Note:  Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance for the current week only. You must be at least 18 years old to make the appointment and/or visit an inmate alone.  If you do not have a reservation, a "walk-in" visit may be possible depending on availability but cannot be guaranteed.  Walk-in visitors must adhere to the established schedule.  


Information to provide to the receptionist:

  • Your Full Name

  • Your Date of Birth

  • Your Contact Phone Number 


You may also be asked for other identifying information.

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



Session                             Odd Days                                Even Days

2:30pm-3:30pm                     B-E-Z                                        D-S-V

4:00pm-5:00pm                  M-P-Q-X                                     F-G-J-Y

6:45pm-7:45pm                    C-K-W                                        L-N-T

8:15pm-9:15pm                    O-U-R                                         A-H-I


Session                             Odd Days                                Even Days

8:30am-9:30am                    B-E-Z                                         D-S-V

10:00am-11:00am              M-P-Q-X                                     F-G-J-Y

1:00pm-2:00pm                    C-K-W                                         L-N-T

2:30pm-3:30pm                    O-U-R                                         A-H-I

Visiting Rules & Requirements

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 in the visiting room. You may split the visit time among several individuals allowing a maximum of six (6) visitors per visiting 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:

  • Valid New York State-issued Driver's License 

  • Valid New York State Issued Learner’s Permit or Non-Driver Photo I.D.

  • A Valid Out-of-State Driver’s License with Photo issued by another state, or jurisdiction

  • A Valid U.S. Military Photo I.D. Card

  • A Valid United States Passport or Valid Foreign Passport. 

  • Other forms of valid government-issued identification may be accepted at the discretion of the Sheriff’s Office Visiting Unit personnel.

What to expect prior to your visit & upon arrival to our facilities:

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 and park in the designated visitor parking area only. Please 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 individual 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

  • Gum

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

The following items are NOT permitted into the visiting room:

  • Jewelry

  • Piercings

  • Earrings

  • Watches

  • Bracelets of any kind

  • Wallets

  • Keys

  • Handbags, Purses, or Pocketbooks

  • Money

  • Paper

  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.


You will be denied your visit if you should 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 sniffing 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.

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency


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