Team 12 Investigates: Pandemic in Prison

The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), a federal jail in Sunset Park, isolated entire inmate units together, regardless of some testing positive for COVID-19, resulting in hundreds of inmates getting sick, a Team 12 investigation found.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2021, 4:08 PM

Updated 1,046 days ago

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The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), a federal jail in Sunset Park, isolated entire inmate units together, regardless of some testing positive for COVID-19, resulting in hundreds of inmates getting sick, a Team 12 investigation found. 
Our investition includes
•Phone calls with an inmate detailing medical care at MDC
•Anonymous letters from inside the prison detailing the outbreak
•Data on cases in New York City prisons
Our investigation found that the isolation practices inside The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) broke CDC guidelines in its treatment of inmates with COVID-19.


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