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Fire Breaks Out at Brooklyn Jail as Prisoners Face Dangerous Heat Without Relief

HeadlineJul 22, 2019

In Brooklyn, where tens of thousands of people also experienced power outages this weekend, a fire broke out at the Metropolitan Detention Center Friday as the stifling heat swept over the city. The nonprofit Brooklyn Defender Services warned that heat could make conditions at New York jails particularly unbearable and potentially dangerous as most prisoners do not have access to air conditioning or even fans. In related news, the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center, Herman Quay, was recently promoted, five months after prisoners had to suffer freezing arctic conditions at the jail without heating.

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