Senior Federal Judge Colleen McMahon recently stated that the BOP’s mismanagement of MDC Brooklyn and MCC New York was “disgusting” and “inhumane” during the sentencing of a woman who had spent months in solitary confinement after contracting COVID-19.
In an article by the Washington Post, she stated that the facilities were “run by morons.” She went on to state that:
It is the finding of this court that the conditions to which the defendant was subjected are as disgusting, inhuman as anything I’ve heard about any Colombian prison.
She went on to say that:
but more so because we’re supposed to be better than that
Furthermore, she also commented on the fact that MDC and MCC staff did nothing of any meaningful and went on to comment that it amounted to:
the single thing in the five years that I was a chief judge of this court that made me the craziest.
This is definitely understandable from the perspective of someone incarcerated at a Federal facility, as they are all just as incompetent.
This incompetence was one of the things that I highlighted in my motion to the courts. There were multiple times that we were exposed to covid-19 because of Bop negligence. one such instance was when the BOP had someone self-surrender. They put him in solitary confinement as they do everyone during covid for 3 weeks.
This individual tested positive instead of keeping him in quarantine. The Bop moved him to the facility that I was at. They left him at this facility to tour and learn how to use my email system for 2 hours before they realized their mistake and brought this inmate back to solitary confinement.
Because of their own mistake, they ended up locking down our entire unit for a month which meant that we could take a shower once every other day or so. We weren’t allowed to go anywhere except for in our bunks.
The good news to us, as inmates, and convicts was that at least someone got something out of it. John Lynch, who was the “town driver” and brought him to the camp, was released because of his exposure to this man. This was after the BOP said that because Mr. Lynch was the town driver, he too had to go to SHU with this guy. Something that Mr. Lynch’s lawyer was able to capitalize on to secure his freedom, which is extremely rare. It’s not rare that the BOP makes such a bad mistake or that they throw healthy inmates in with sick ones but, that rather, someone got to get the truth out there before they got sick and something was done about it.
The BOP’s attitude regarding COVID is to get over it or die. If you catch COVID in the BOP, you will go to SHU, and there you will be put in a cell and forgot about it. Either you will make it, or you will be brought to the hospital to be put on a ventilator. The CO (correctional officer) will walk past every few hours during the count. He won’t care how your doing and will not do anything for you.
Situations like this are countless and have occurred many times over while I was incarcerated.
It’s sad because things like this cost people their lives at the end of the day. Many of the sentenced people are not sentenced to life sentences, yet the actions of a few can have dramatic effects on the majority, including friends and family. Not to mention the fact that those actions can cause long-lasting effects, even if the person does not die.
This sort of mishandling of basic common sense practices of quarantine that many would call common sense is non-existent in the BOP, and that is one of the many reasons we have seen 250 deaths at this point.