Inmates in a Brooklyn federal jail have reportedly endured freezing temperatures for more than a week. Onlookers saw inmates flashing lights and banging the windows of the Metropolitan Detention Center after having gone more than a week without electricity, heat, or warm food. Some heat was apparently functional, but a protest moved forward Saturday afternoon to demand full restoration of electricity, heat, hot water, and warm meals or relocation for inmates.
Local and federal lawmakers called for immediate action from the Bureau of Prisons regarding the facility, which houses more than 1,600 inmates.
"MDC has been without heat, electricity, hot water, commissary or warm food since Jan. 27, 2019, following an apparent fire in the institution," the letter reportedly said. "Raniere has also informed us that the corrections officers are wearing masks to mask the smell of noxious fumes, but have not provided any masks to the inmates."
As I understand, most if not all of the inmates are pretrial, but that shouldn't really matter. This is inhumane.
I don't even begin to grok how this has continued so long. I agree it's inhumane, and if we're detaining people, whether they are pretrial, convicted felons, undocumented immigrants, or whatever, we have an obligation to provide humane conditions.