I keep hearing the snake from Chamber of Secrets saying, “Kill, Kill!”
|—||Richard Branson (via wellsaidblog)|
In case you forgot how terrible the U.S.’s prison system remains, this awful story from New York City’s Rikers Island is a shocking reminder just how little America cares about prison conditions. After 56-year-old mentally ill homeless man and Marine veteran Jerome Murdough was found trespassing in the stairwell of a Harlem housing project amidst freezing February temperatures, the New York City police department locked him up in a Rikers Island jail cell. He was found dead a week later. City officials confirmed that the temperature in the Murdough’s cell had risen to at least 100 degrees thanks to malfunctioning equipment.
"He basically baked to death," said an official.
Murdough was on anti-seizure and anti-psychotic medication that may have made him more prone to overheating, and he failed to open a vent in his cell which could have let in more cool air. Department of Correction Acting Commissioner Mark Cranston called the death “unfortunate” and said that an internal investigation is reviewing all issues related to the incident “including issues of staff performance and the adequacy of procedures.”
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