Brooklyn Jail Inmates Were Left With No Heat in Freezing Temperatures

Photo: Kathy Willens / Associated Press

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday that work to restore power to a detention center in New York City where inmates have gone without heat and electricity for a week will be completed by Monday.

But a congresswoman who visited the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for the second time Saturday said officials are not taking the situation seriously enough.

“The inmates are very, very angry and complaining,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, a Democrat whose district includes the jail. “We expressed our frustration that the warden is not approaching this with a sense of urgency.”

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

Even former rapper and personality, Taxstone hopped on Twitter to voice his opinion.

" No electricity, heat, hot water, or food at # BrooklynMDC . This has been going on for 3 days. Inmates are being gassed by CO’s. Don’t believe that anything has been fixed because it has not. @ anniecorreal @ RepJerryNadler @ NydiaVelazquez "

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