Inhumane Conditions. American Gulag. Inmates freeze in cold and darkness

The photo is from the Attica Prison uprising in 1971 during which guards killed and injured scores of inmates. Nothing has changed in the past 48 years.

Excerpted from The Guardian 2.2.2019

A congresswoman who visited a federal detention center in New York City where inmates have been stuck in cold, dark cells for days said it was “surreal to hear the inmates banging on the walls.”

“I am frustrated. This is America. In America, everyone has rights,” said Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat whose district includes the Metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn. “It’s a violation of their human rights to be kept in the cold and not to be able to talk to anyone.”

Velazquez visited the jail on Friday after seeing news reports that hundreds of inmates there had spent the past week largely without heat, power or the ability to communicate with their attorneys or families.

Velazquez said she was not allowed to speak to the inmates but got access to common areas and showers. She said she and other elected officials planned to return to the facility on Saturday and hoped to speak to inmates this time.

The New York Times first reported Friday that inmates at the facility had been stuck in their cells without lights or heat since last weekend, when an electrical fire knocked power out.

NYC Prison Protest 2.2.2019

New York Times Photo 2.2.2019

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