The New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association is the largest municipal jail union in the nation and the second largest law enforcement union in New York City.
Through sanitary landfill, the once 90-acre Rikers Island was enlarged to more than 400 acres. Its 10 major jails have a combined capacity of nearly 15,000 inmates. Among the Rikers facilities are a jail for sentenced males, another for sentenced and detainee females, and a detention center for adolescent males (ages 16 to 18). The seven other jails on the Island house adult male detainees. Other Island features include a bakery, central laundry, tailor shop, print shop, maintenance and transportation divisions, K-9 unit and a power plant. The Department also operates four borough facilities, 16 court detention facilities and three hospital prison wards.