New York Governor Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Freezing Jail

New York Governor Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Freezing Jail

New York Governor Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Freezing Jail

In a statement Sunday, officials said inmates had hot water for showers and in their cells' sinks, and they estimated that power would be fully restored by Monday. The failure resulted from a January 27 fire in an electrical room, the department said. Officials say power is expected back on Monday. No devices were found. Andrew Cuomo chastised the Bureau of Prisons Sunday, calling on the Justice Department to investigate.

With the heat and water now working at the prison, The Justice Department said it wants to make sure an incident like this doesn't happen again. Depriving people who have not been convicted of access to their lawyer has a serious impact on their ability to put together a defense or-more likely-negotiate favorable plea deals. It also refers to the conditions inside the jail as a "humanitarian crisis" and cites "guards wearing scarves and layers of clothing" while inmates "coped with "very cold' conditions in short-sleeve shirts and light trousers", according to the AP".

The organization is requesting a hearing to "evaluate the conditions of confinement that are infringing the constitutional rights of inmates at the MDC and require the Defendants to supply information about those conditions" and appoint a "special master" to inspect the facility and "undertake the fact finding necessary to determine whether Defendants are protecting the constitutional rights of inmates in their custody", the lawsuit states. "According to the Bureau of Prisons website, "(Such) facilities are institutions with special missions, such as the detention of pretrial offenders; the treatment of inmates with serious or chronic medical problems; or the containment of extremely risky, violent, or escape-prone inmates".

Nydia Velazquez, who represents parts of New York City in the US House of Representatives, was one of the politicians who visited the jail on Saturday.

Protesters rallied for three days demanding that power be restored to the hundreds of inmates left in the dark by the outage.

They were stopped by a line of correction officers inside the building who drove them back with shoves and, apparently, pepper spray. While a federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to explain the "contradictory accounts of the conditions at MDC", the agency is not due in court until Tuesday.

"They're really, really scared", Rachel Bass, a paralegal at the Brooklyn federal defenders office, told the newspaper Thursday, after she had taken calls from about 15 inmates. The jail's website says: "All visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice".

The loss of heat happened as the polar vortex caused temperatures to drop dangerously low in NY and several other, mostly Midwest, states.

"This is a standard Trump Administration response talking out of both sides of their mouths and not worrying about the truth and not worrying about people's lives", NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. They said all recreational activities as well as visits from lawyers and family members have been canceled. "They either failed to grasp or they failed to care about the severity of this humanitarian crisis".

Shocking footage filmed outside a federal prison in Brooklyn, New York, shows inmates apparently banging on the walls and windows of their cells to draw attention to their freezing conditions.

Some inmates received only cold food for days after the fire, von Dornum found, according to the lawsuit, and lighting outages left some cells in the dark.

A couple of things that are important to note here: First of all, this actually is a "detention center" in the sense that numerous people being held here have been charged with federal crimes but not yet convicted, or they have been convicted but not yet sentenced.

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