Inmates at Freezing Federal Jail in Brooklyn Pounded Out a Message – The New York Times

When Catana Yehudah, whose brother Jason Smith is serving a gun possession sentence at the jail, led a chant through a megaphone — “No heat, that’s torture” — the inmates banged louder.

Ms. Yehudah, 50, called for quiet. “Stop banging for one second!” she yelled. The barrage subsided.

“If there is no heat,” she shouted, “bang on the windows!”

The inmates, nearly invisible behind the windows, pounded louder and louder, the fusillade filling the wide empty street.

Around 6:30 p.m., electricity was restored. But problems with the heating system, which are unrelated to the electrical failure, remain, and while parts of the jail have heat, many cells do not.

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