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CAIR-NY Calls on Federal Bureau of Prisons to Move Inmates Out of Brooklyn Facility Without Heat, Electricity

(NEW YORK, NY, 2/3/19) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to move inmates out of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn until humane living conditions are restored after reports that inmates have been forced to live in freezing temperatures all week.  

A rally was held outside the center Saturday following reports that hundreds of inmates have spent the past week without power, electricity or the ability to communicate with their attorneys or families.

According to Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the BOP has rejected the city’s assistance to restore power and heat to the facility. 

SEE: Protests held outside NYC correctional facility with limited heat

“The federal government has a constitutional duty to provide those in its custody with humane living conditions. It is illegal and cruel for the Bureau of Prisons to trap those in its custody in dangerous freezing temperatures,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director of CAIR-NY.” Detainees must be treated with dignity and respect. The Bureau of Prisons must relocate those in its custody to another facility until humane living conditions can be restored at the Metropolitan Detention Center.”

New York City is in the midst of one of the coldest weeks in recent history as the temperatures dropped to single digits. 

Incidents of prisoner mistreatment should be reported to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at:  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la  comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los  musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher at or 917-669-4006


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