NXIVM leader among inmates who went without heat, power at Brooklyn jail

February 04, 2019 04:40 PM

The Justice Department says it will work with the Bureau of Prisons to examine what happened at a federal detention center in New York City that lost heat and electricity last week and to ensure there is a backup system to prevent it from happening again.

Accused NXIVM leader Keith Raniere is one of the prisoners filing a complaint about the conditions in that jail.


Raniere's lawyers complained about his quote "extreme deprivation" in 44-degree temperatures inside the jail, with no way to keep warm.

The Justice Department said electrical power at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was restored at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. It said heat and hot water were also working.

Inmates at the facility had been living without power for the past week.

Earlier Sunday, some demonstrators outside the detention center tried to get into the facility and guards pushed them back. Witnesses say some were also pepper sprayed.


AP / WNYT Staff

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