New York Attorney General Enters Brooklyn Prison Lacking Heat For Days

StoryfulWeather Published February 3, 2019 0 Plays

Rumble - Protesters gathered outside Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center on Sunday, February 3, calling for heat and electricity to be restored to the prison after an electrical fire the previous weekend. Protesters had gathered outside the prison on Saturday, February 2, as well. Prisoners communicated with the protesters, banging on and shouting out windows. New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James entered the prison on Sunday afternoon to assess the situation, footage showed. A statement issued by James’ office on Saturday said: “It is unacceptable, illegal, and inhumane to detain people without basic amenities, access to counsel, or medical care. The reported conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center are appalling. Prisoners and detainees have rights and those rights must be enforced. My office is in touch with legal service providers and inmates’ attorneys, and closely monitoring this deeply disturbing situation.” Prior to her arrival, pepper spray was used on several people, including journalists and media personality Yandy Smith. The jail, which is operated by the federal government, holds more than 1,600 inmates, according to The New York Times. By Saturday the prison had been operating with limited heat and power for six days amid freezing temperatures. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday that the city’s emergency management office had “delivered generators, blankets and hand warmers” to the prison. “The people inside have a right to dignity and safety and we won’t stand by while the Federal Bureau of Prisons fails them,” the mayor said. According to the Associated Press, the Bureau of Prisons said power and heat would be fully restored on Monday. Credit: @meg_clems via Storyful