What to Know
- Many pre-trial residents have moved from the City Corrections Center to Otisville as the MCC facility locking reaches the eighth day.
- Chief Executive of Federal Defender Office David Patton says defense lawyers are still not able to meet most pre-trial clients for the eight days the MCC was locked
- Investigators are focusing on whether a correction officer at MCC helped smuggle a gun to a prisoner, sources previously told.
Many pre-trial residents have moved from the City Corrections Center to Otisville as the MCC facility lock arrives on the eighth day.
One Federal Defender Office in Manhattan said that many prisoners were transferred from MCC to Otisville, including some of them scheduled to be in court on Thursday and Friday.
David Patton, Federal Office of the Federal Defendants, said defense lawyers were still not able to meet most pre-trial clients for the eight days the MCC was locked.
“Let us see our clients,” said Patton on Thursday, adding that defense solicitors are trying to “raise hell” with the MCC and through the courts to access their clients.
Investigators are focusing on whether a correction officer at MCC helped smuggle a gun to a prisoner, sources previously told News 4.
Defense lawyers representing MCC residents who had previously been questioned by the authorities said that the focus seems to be on that theory, and the subsequent investigation left them unable to see their clients.
The MCC issued a Thursday statement stating that lawyers could start a meeting with clients starting again on Friday on a floor-to-floor basis. Full solicitor visits could be resumed next week, said the Prison Bureau statement.
The BOP says that their officials met with the Chief Justice of the Southern New York District, federal defenders, US Supervisors and the Attorney General’s office to explain the ongoing issues.
The MCC states that the inmates are now getting showers on a rotating basis – a statement that Patton said is inaccurate. He claims that many clients have been locked for 24 hours a day for the past eight days.
In the meantime, the BOP said that more time is needed for a thorough investigation. However, Patton argued that the time it took was the result of “pure incompetence and a complete lack of concern for the constitutional rights and humanitarian conditions” for the defendants.
“It is worse than single childbirth and does not give the devil BOP,” Patton said in an email to News 4.
This debt forced the alleged army to carry out extensive searches of the facility, between common areas and individual cells, and encouraged federal staff to bring out-of-home staff to help with the search. Meanwhile, while the probe continues, prisoners said they had been denied access to phones, computers and showers, and that cold sandwiches were being destroyed through doors for food.