To send a letter to an inmate at Rikers Island, apply the proper postage and include the inmate's full name, his book and case numbers and the full name and address of the prison. There are several Rikers Island facilities, so be sure to include the correct address.
In order to look up where an inmate is housed, the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) offers an easy to use inmate lookup service on its website. Users may search for an inmate by his New York State Identification Number or by the book and case number. If this information is unknown, users may also look up an inmate by first and last name and date of birth. Using the information provided will ensure the letter is directed to the appropriate facility.
Money should be sent to an inmate using the DOC cashier's office or a money transfer agent. Inmates are not allowed to receive cash. To transfer money to an inmate's account, a user will need the inmate's name, booking and case number. There is a few to use a money transfer agent.
All packages mailed to inmates must be less than 15 lbs., less than 24 inches wide and 12 inches tall. All items sent to an inmate will be searched and clothing and shoes must be either brown gray, white or black.