Prison Authorities Sued for Poor Facility Maintenance
Facility managers tasked with ensuring building residents are comfortable and safe will have a backup plan and equipment in place, such as power generators, in case of power outages and other challenges.
A lawsuit filed in federal court this week alleges that those in charge of maintaining the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York, NY, caused a humanitarian crisis when inmates were left without heat, hot water, and adequate light for a week following a fire in the building, Associated Press reports. New York was experiencing extreme cold temperatures during the time of the power outage.
The lawsuit also alleges:
- Inmates lacked access to some medical services, telephones, televisions, computers, and laundry facilities.
- Inmates did not receive face masks to protect them from noxious fumes, although the masks were available to prison officers.
- Authorities were slow to acknowledge these problems and failed to take adequate steps to obtain temporary electricity or heat and to repair building damage.
In addition to unspecified damages, the lawsuit calls for the appointment of an official to inspect the lockup and the wellbeing of the inmates.