Hart Island standard burial procedures
Adults are buried in pine coffins stacked three deep; children five deep in plots of 1,000. The boxes are marked with numbers not names, and there are no gravestones. Small white markers indicating the trenches dot the island’s burial grounds.
Relatives are only allowed to visit on two designated days a month, while correctional officers escort media to Hart Island just twice a year.
Typically, burials are done by prisoners from nearby Riker’s Island prison. These “temporary” burials are said to be managed by contractors working for NYC.