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Visitors To Riker’s inmates Must Cover Up Body Parts

Prison officials at Riker’s Island Prison Complex located on an island off the shores of the Bronx, which is New York’s northernmost borough, are attempting to create a “family friendly” environment by enforcing a new dress code that requires visitors to cover up with an oversized, baggy, green t-shirt.

New York’s Department of Corrections has gone to the expense of purchasing 750 bright green t-shirts in size XXL, which are large enough to be shapeless on all but the heaviest of body frames.

In the words of Sharman Stein, a spokeswoman for the department:

“We are trying to keep this a G-rated experience. If a visitor is dressed provocatively, it could potentially spark a chain of events among inmates.”

Prison officials fear flared tempers and even violence erupting over inmates making comments about visitors’ appearances, whether they be derogatory statements or a bit too flattering. A secondary reason for the upgrade concerns the fact too much clothing could be used to conceal contraband.

In the past, visitors who were dressed inappropriately were denied visitation rights. Under the new code, they will be offered the option of covering themselves up in one of the t-shirts and avoiding the frustration of a wasted journey to the prison.

Dress code details forbid any clothing that expose the chest, stomach or back. Skirts and dresses must have hemlines no more than three inches above the knee. Spandex leggings and swimsuits are discouraged, as is any clothing that is transparent. Hat or head coverings are only permitted if a visitor’s religion demands it.

It would seem common knowledge to dress appropriately when visiting a prison, but apparently there is no law against lacking common sense.

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  1. factchecker says:

    The Department of Corrections always wants more power and control even if it does not fit a legitimate penological objective , while of course folks should not wear fishnet stockings , allowing religious case by case jewelry and head wear is discrimination in the sense that one can make up a lie or say that their particular cult or sect needs it, the new rules are a bit extreme, but the silliness is the taxpayer funds being spent on oversized gowns , nobody carrying contraband is going to wear short clothing or fishnet stockings, similar to the hijacking out of afghanistan under taliban by hijab-clad women, it seems foolish to just believe a doc press release, also most of the innmates are not convicted and cannot afford bail, although I believe many of them are guilty,

    similarly is it fair to group a violent thug with someone accused of a crime they did not commit or a minor offense which could be disorderly such as drinking in or not paying the fare but does not warrant jail time, a black person’s parent hired an investigator after he was arrested and it showed that he did not mug someone.

  2. Factchecker says:

    The Department of Corrections always wants more power and control even if it does not fit a legitimate penological objective , while of course folks should not wear fishnet stockings , allowing religious case by case jewelry and head wear is discrimination in the sense that one can make up a lie or say that their particular cult or sect needs it, the new rules are a bit extreme, but the silliness is the taxpayer funds being spent on oversized gowns , nobody carrying contraband is going to wear short clothing or fishnet stockings, similar to the hijacking out of afghanistan under taliban by hijab-clad women, it seems foolish to just believe a doc press release, also most of the innmates are not convicted and cannot afford bail, although I believe many of them are guilty,

    similarly is it fair to group a violent thug with someone accused of a crime they did not commit or a minor offense which could be disorderly such as drinking in or not paying the fare but does not warrant jail time, a black person's parent hired an investigator after he was arrested and it showed that he did not mug someone.