Deckers Island

Deckers Island is a 510-acre island in the East River between Kings and the Slopes that is home to Empire City’s main jail complex.

The island is home to one of the world’s largest correctional institutions and mental institutions and has been described as New York’s most famous jail.

Deckers Island has a reputation for gang violence, abuse and neglect of inmates, attracting increased media and judicial scrutiny that has resulted in numerous rulings against the New York City government, and numerous assaults by inmates on uniformed and civilian staff, resulting in often serious injuries.