Sunday after days of inmates who live without heat and light, power was restored at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Bureau of Prisons told CNN that employees are working to restore the facility to normal operation.
More than 1,600 inmates live in the city center, who went out without heat during a cold week in New York, where temperatures had dropped by as much as two degrees.
Director of Federal Defenders of New York, David Patton, and a union The leader told CNN that many of these inmates were stuck in dark, cold cells all weekend.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) asked the Department of Justice to release the reports of power cuts in the city center to investigate.
"Prisoners are human. Let's treat them that way, "Cuomo wrote on his Twitter.
" I "I call @ TheJusticeDept to investigate immediately the circumstances at the MDC
# in Brooklyn New York is ready to do the necessary To provide support to maintain heat, hot water and electricity. "
Prisoners are human beings. Let's treat her like this.
I urge @TheJusticeDept to investigate the circumstances surrounding the #MDC in Brooklyn immediately. New York is ready to provide the necessary support to maintain heat, hot water and electricity. pic.twitter.com/aoRWrG7X5p
̵1; Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 3, 2019
The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio and the NYC Emergency Management, supplied generators, blankets and Handwarmer Center on Saturday
. @nycemergencymgt has just delivered generators, blankets and hand warmers to the Metropolitan Detention Center. The people inside have a right to dignity and security, and we will not stick to it while the federal penitentiary fails them. NYC is ready to do anything to help. pic.twitter.com/5HGA3Co0G4
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 3, 2019
New York Attorney General Letitia A. James also criticized the situation.
It is unacceptable, illegal and inhuman, to detain people without basic equipment, access to lawyers or medical care, "she said in a statement.
" The reported conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center are appalling. Prisoners and prisoners have rights and rights these rights must be asserted. My office is in contact with legal and lawyer inmates and oversees this deeply troubling situation. "