Hart’s Island is a potter’s cemetery in New York City where the unclaimed, unidentified or indigent are buried. The island is run by the Department of Corrections and access by the general public is forbidden and punishable by law. The cemetery is maintained by prison inmates from Riker’s Island and the city considers it the Department of Corrections’ property. Family members may visit their loved ones, under supervision at a small gazebo near the island, but they are not allowed access to the actual gravesite. Advocacy groups for the family members of the deceased are asking for gravesite visitations and better record keeping of those who are interred at the cemetery.
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