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No Heat for Days at a Jail in Brooklyn Where Hundreds of Inmates Are Sick and 'Frantic'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50080"><span class="small">Annie Correal, The New York Times</span></a>   
Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:30

Correal writes: "More than a thousand inmates have been stuck in freezing cells at a federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront that has had limited power and heat for at least this week, according to federal public defenders and leaders of the union representing the jail's corrections officers."

Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York visited the jail on Friday. (photo: theinformer.life)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York visited the jail on Friday. (photo: theinformer.life)


No Heat for Days at a Jail in Brooklyn Where Hundreds of Inmates Are Sick and 'Frantic'

By Annie Correal, The New York Times

03 February 19

 

ore than a thousand inmates have been stuck in freezing cells at a federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront that has had limited power and heat for at least this week, according to federal public defenders and leaders of the union representing the jail’s corrections officers.

“They just stay huddled up in the bed,” said June Bencebi, a case manager at the jail and the treasurer of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents about 500 corrections officers at the jail.

The jail, the Metropolitan Detention Center, houses more than 1,600 inmates and lies in an industrial swath near the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Some inmates are linked to high-profile drug trafficking and terrorism cases, while others are comparatively anonymous New Yorkers awaiting trial.

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+3 # elizabethblock 2019-02-03 16:04
Note that these people haven't been convicted of anything - they're awaiting trial.