Brooklyn inmates in jail without power faced 'humanitarian crisis,' lawsuit alleges

Brooklyn inmates in jail without power faced 'humanitarian crisis,' lawsuit alleges

Brooklyn inmates in jail without power faced 'humanitarian crisis,' lawsuit alleges

One sign made out of tape on the facility wall read "This is not ok".

A motion filed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court on behalf of inmate Dino Sanchez by the Federal Defenders says that Sanchez, who suffers from asthma, "has been left to freeze in his short-sleeved jumpsuit in the dark".

Sometimes, Hechinger says, the mass tapping from inside the detention center would stop so that just that inmate could tap out a response to indicate they were present.

According to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons, the jail is now on a partial lockdown after an electrical fire tore through the switch gear room last Sunday. As a result, inmates inside have become panic-stricken as they wait for the heat and electricity amid dangerously cold weather, according to reports from lawyers and lawmakers.

The lack of heat and power at the jail was first reported in The New York Times.

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Patton said he and his colleagues will file a lawsuit on Monday spelling out the "unconstitutional conditions" the inmates have been kept in over the past week.

"Lighting is down", said Patton.

By 6:30 p.m., officials said electricity was restored. "The heating problems seem to be independent". The dystopian scene unfolded Friday evening inside and outside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park as prisoners on each floor of the 14-story lockup frantically gestured to shocked passersby in a desperate cry for help. With the heat and hot water operational, and the restoration of electrical power, the facility can now begin to return to regular operations.


The Bureau of Prisons disputed allegations that inmates didn't have access to hot water.

She found the facility to be "very cold", according to the lawsuit, learned some inmates received only cold food for days after the fire, and observed guards in warm clothing while many inmates were in short-sleeve shirts and light cotton trousers.

Priscilla, who has a boyfriend inside the jail, told WCBS 880 that authorities have stopped outside visitors from entering.

Sections of the federal jail, which houses more than 1,600 inmates, were left without heat and electricity when a January 27 electrical fire knocked out power to the Sunset Park facility. Jamaal Bailey, who toured the facility Sunday and said there was no heat on the fourth floor. "Inmates who have medical conditions can't read the instructions on the medications".

"These units had a panicky feeling", von Dornum wrote.

When Patton toured the prison on Saturday, he said he saw thermometers in several inmates cells showed the temperature ranged between 50 degrees and 69 degrees, with temperatures varying depending on location and proximity to the windows.

The Department of Justice said Sunday it would work with the Bureau of Prisons to probe what happened there.

Patton said his office began having problems contacting inmates during the 35-day government shutdown. The jail's website says: "All visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice". The prison was put on lockdown and the 1,600 inmates there were denied access to both family and attorneys. Others questioned how the men could be forced to live in the "outrageous and barbaric" conditions, with some calling it "inhumane" and "tantamount to torture".

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