Eastern District Judge Cheryl Pollak has scheduled a hearing on the conditions of confinement, particularly for women, at the MDC.
For years, lawyers have raised issues about the conditions of confinement in general and the conditions of confinement for women in particular. As reported in today’s New York Daily News, the National Association of Women Judges has conducted official visits to the MDC and found “abysmal conditions faced by female prisoners, including a lack of fresh air and sunlight, no air conditioning during the heatwave, rotten food and insufficient medical care.” You can read more about the case and Judge Pollak’s comments here.
Steve Zizzou and Sally Butler, counsel representing the defendant at the October 27th hearing, are looking for individuals who have information regarding the conditions at the MDC, particularly regarding the lack of medical care and serial sexual and other abuse. Information can be given on a “Jane/John Doe” basis if there are fear of reprisals, although the hope is that if enough individuals come forward with information, the likelihood of reprisals will diminish. If you have any information, please reach out to counsel or to the Federal Defenders, who can put you in touch with counsel.