Mayor Bill de Blasio, after receiving reports of the inhumane conditions suffered by the prisoners, announced on Saturday that the city of New York would deliver hand warmers and blankets to the prisoners, several of whom reported difficulty breathing due to the cold and lack of access to medicine. However, according to Assemblywoman Joanne Simon, prison officials never actually gave any prisoners the blankets, despite accepting the delivery.
"There are rumors and there is misinformation because they're hiding," said Congresswoman Lydia Velazquez at a protest, criticizing prison officials for not addressing the well-known heating problems until it reached a crisis point. "We're here to do whatever it takes so that these people have some heat."
A federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to appear in court on Tuesday to testify as to the source of the problem and when it will be fixed. The Legal Aid Society of New York reported to the Bureau of Prisons about the inadequate heating in the MDC facility as early as Januart 22, but never received a response.
Protestors have criticized the administration of the MDC facility in Brooklyn, in addition to callous disregard for the human rights of their prisoners, of deliberate misinformation. Police at the facility have already used pepper spray against the nonviolent protestors on Sunday.
Prison officials have claimed that they have "submitted a work ticket" on the issue.
Заключенные федеральной тюрьмы в Бруклине несколько дней сидят без электричества и отопления. Сейчас на улице +10, но пару дней назад ночью было до -20. Даже тюремные охранники жалуются на холод, а тюремному начальству плевать. Заключенным передали теплые одеяла, вертухаи их взяли, но зекам не отдали. Хорошая забота о человеке в стране, где человеческая жизнь что-то значит, в отличие от...? Ну а начальство как рфик, не виновато. "Они подали рабочую заявку".