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Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:26 PM

Take a Moment and Send an Email to Help Freezing Prisoners

Due to a heat failure, they are without blankets or appropriate clothing at a federal prison in Brooklyn. Please take a moment and send an email! This situation needs public pressure.

See this story:


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-york-city-inmates-stuck-freezing-cells-brooklyn-metropolitan-detention-center-lawyers-say-2018-02-02/


I was outraged and sent this to the facility:

I have been reading about the cold conditions under which the prisoners are being kept. Cold, dark, and no communication with their loved ones. This sounds horrible! I cannot believe how inhumane you are.

I hope that at some point those of you responsible for failing to treat these people humanely will experience what it’s like to be in cold temperatures without a garment or blanket for warmth. Maybe then you will understand how cruel you are.

I am so appalled at my government. Disgusted and appalled. I am writing my senators and representatives, too.


Here is the email: BRO/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

Here is their web site: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/bro/

I know I don't have to tell this group, but given our crappy justice system there is every chance that some of these people who are imprisoned could be innocent of the crime they are charged with. And since our justice system is prejudiced against minorities, it affects them even more. Let the prison know there is public outrage: send an email!







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Reply Take a Moment and Send an Email to Help Freezing Prisoners (Original post)
NJCher Feb 2 OP
tymorial Feb 2 #1
bullwinkle428 Feb 2 #2
elleng Feb 2 #3
NJCher Feb 2 #4
elleng Feb 2 #7
NotHardly Feb 2 #11
elleng Feb 2 #12
Renew Deal Feb 2 #5
elleng Feb 2 #8
NJCher Feb 2 #6
Renew Deal Feb 2 #9
Duppers Feb 2 #10
irisblue Feb 2 #13
NJCher Feb 3 #14

Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:33 PM

1. I read this earlier it's disgusting

The Warden is a liar. He claimed the outage didn't affect heat in the hot water but yet the prison is in lockdown and no one is allowed to visit the facility. The mere fact that a number of public defenders and Union officials have leaked the story.... yeah liar.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:34 PM

2. Email sent. I hope these can make a difference.

Thanks for doing this!

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:45 PM

3. We should send to the Federal Bureau of Prisons directly,

and 'remind' them of their obligations.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment is forbidden by the Constitution.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:52 PM

4. thanks elleng

I know you are a lawyer and have some insights that others might not. Here is the contact page for the Bureau of Prisons.

https://www.bop.gov/contact/

However, they do not give an email to Hurwitz, who is the acting director of Federal Bureau of Prisons:


https://www.bop.gov/about/agency/bio_dir.jsp

I am going to call on Monday.


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Response to NJCher (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:58 PM

7. Thanks, Cher.

I actually worked in the 'field,' which resulted in me deciding to go to law school. Legal aid office I worked at took prisoner cases to the Supreme Court (RATHER inspiring!) so wish I could contact my supervisor, who grew up in NYC and likely saw the story in the Times.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 08:54 PM

11. Federal Bureau of Prisons has nothing to do with city or county jails, neither does the state

City jails are operated by either the local PD or Sheriff department...

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Response to NotHardly (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 08:57 PM

12. Sorry,

'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. . .

In an emailed statement, the federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that the jail was “experiencing a partial power outage” and operating on emergency power. “Cells have heat and hot water, there is lighting in the common areas and inmates are receiving hot meals,” the agency said.'

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:52 PM

5. Gillibrand is a good person to contact right now

Since she is from NY and is running for President.

I would also contact De Blasio and Corey Johnson. I know it is out of their jurisdiction, but they might be able to get people in there.

Looks like Johnson has been there: https://mobile.twitter.com/CoreyinNYC/status/1091471658655846402

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:59 PM

8. Yes, it's a GOOD one for Gillibrand.

Let her show us what she's made of.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 06:54 PM

6. I wrote to my two state senators and my representative

Menendez, Booker, and our new representative replacing that total waste of time Rodney Frelinguhuysen. Mikie Sherrill.

It only took a short time and it was interesting to look at the different sites of my representatives. I've not written letters in a while.

I asked them to directly intervene and contact the prison personally NOW.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 07:09 PM

10. K&R

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 09:57 PM

13. It's made National News-good

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) Tweeted:
Protesters demanded answers outside Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal jail in Brooklyn, on Saturday after workers and inmates say they went days without heat and hot water during a week of freezing temperatures.

@KathyParkNBC reports: https://t.co/jjOavJHesv

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Response to irisblue (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 05:00 PM

14. I saw blankets being shipped in

Last edited Sun Feb 3, 2019, 05:31 PM - Edit history (1)

but what was really disturbing is that the news media contacted the "people in charge" who said this was the first they'd heard there was a problem.

WHAT?!!!

Mayor DeBlasio got involved. Here's what he tweeted last night at 7 p.m.

New York City is sending trucks with hundreds of blankets and hand warmers to the Metropolitan Detention Center NOW and generators are being readied for transport. We've told the Federal Bureau of Prisons the supplies are coming – whether they like it or not.



Earlier in the day, Jerry Nadler demanded that the contractors who were working on the heat get back on the job. Imagine that: they had left for the weekend without finishing the job. Who could do such a thing? Sixteen hundred people are in those conditions and you think you can go home for the weekend?



on edit: here are two quotes from Jerry Nadler that appeared in a story in The Intercept:

A number of people incarcerated at Metropolitan Detention Center have a medical condition called sleep apnea and without functioning medical equipment they run the risk of a stroke, Nadler said. “When I said to the warden, how many people do you have with CPAP machines, he said he didn’t know. I said, ‘Did you know there was a problem?’ He said, ‘No one raised it to me until now.’ Basic medical conditions are being ignored.”

Prison officials are in no rush to improve the situation, he said. “In an emergency condition, they are so eager to solve this condition that the contractors have left for the day and won’t be back until Monday.” Nadler said. “This shows the complete lack of urgency.”

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