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April 2019 , Page 08 

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NACDL News: NACDL Demands Investigation into the ‘Inhumane and Cruel’ Conditions at Brooklyn Detention Center

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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In late January and early February 2019, for the better part of a week, people being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), the federal jail in Brooklyn, New York, housing more than 1,600 people, were forced into lockdown in their cells without light and without heat, all during an outbreak of frigid weather. According to reports, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the agency within the Department of Justice (DOJ) responsible for the nation’s federal jails and prisons, initially issued an emailed statement denying that what it called a “partial power outage” had affected heat and hot water in individuals’ cells. A spokesperson for Warden Herman Quay made the same initial claim concerning heat and hot water. Defense lawyers and union leaders for the facility’s employees disputed those claims.

Thereafter, as David E. Patton, who heads the federal defender office in New York, told the New York Times, “Not only have the conditions been disgraceful but we have peppered them with

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