The Federal lockup known as Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) is located a few blocks from trendy Red Hook and Park Slope in Brooklyn. During the recent extreme drop in temperature two weeks ago the 1,600 inmates at MDC were left without heat or hot water due to a fire in the facility.
The inmates living at MDC are mostly drug dealers. But not all. Some are white collar guys who are just there temporarily until they get shipped to a minimum security prison such as Fort Dix or Otisville. Some couldn’t make bond and are waiting for their trial date, guys who are presumed innocent. I was originally designated to go to MDC by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), even though my Judge recommended that I go to Otisville. I contacted the Aleph Institute, a Jewish advocacy organization for inmates, and they had me redesignated to Otisville.
Not all guys who are locked up for violent crime or drug dealing are a danger to society, after they spent a few years in jail. I was locked up with plenty of guys who were former members of violent drug gangs. I followed their path after they were released. Some got their sentences commuted. Of the many drug dealers I was locked up with only one returned to jail. The rest are living honest, hard working lives. Most of the drug dealers I knew were either Black or Spanish. The one drug dealer that ended up back in the clink was a Jew.
A few days ago a Federal lawsuit was filed against the Warden at MDC and against the Federal Bureau of Prisons by the New York Public Defenders. Attorneys and families were unable to visit inmates locked up at MDC. MDC was on lock down until the Feds were able to restore the heat. The Public Defenders allege that the Warden lied to the press when the Warden said that the inmates had heat at MDC. There was no heat. There was no hot water. Guys were given dirty, blood stained sheets to sleep on because no laundry was getting done. Sadistic guards opened windows in the cells. According to my contacts at MDC, the guards brought in space heaters from the outside and kept warm in their offices. “Every cop is a criminal and all the sinners saints.” Mick Jagger.
Ken Starr, the financial advisor to the stars, was locked up in MDC before he made his way to Otisville. Ken is out now. Not sure what he is up to. I knew a few white collar guys who were locked up at MDC before they ended up at Otisville. They said it was miserable. No windows. No fresh air. Living under florescent lights that were on 24/7. You didn’t know whether it was day or night.
The biggest bankruptcy lawyer in Connecticut spent some time at MDC before he was transferred to Otisville. 71 year old Peter Ressler was supposed to go to Otisville but ended up at MDC. He filed a last minute request to delay his surrender date because he wanted to finish his dental implant surgery. The Judge denied his request and ordered him to surrender to US Marshals in New Haven. Ressler complied with the orders and surrendered to the Marshals Office. Instead of transporting Ressler to Otisville the Marshalls gave him a good dose of diesel therapy, as inmates refer to it. 71 year old Ressler was chained and shackled and transported by prison bus to Hartford, where he was put in a cell for some period of time. Ressler was then transported in shackles to Wyatt Prison in Rhode Island, where he was put on ice for a week. After Wyatt, Ressler was transported in shackles to MDC where he remained for months, constantly taunted by Jew haters. Ressler eventually made his way to Otisville.
Peter Ressler recently mailed a few letters to his sentencing Judge Covello requesting that he be released from Otisville early. He is suffering TMJ because he never finished his dental implant surgery. He needs to take care of his family members, who also have medical problems. He told Judge Covello that when he asked the medical staff at MDC and Otisville whether they could finish his implant procedure, “the response was replete with laughter.” Inmates all know that the only two dental procedures provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons are cleanings and tooth extractions. When I was in Otisville there was a sadistic dental hygienist woman with a Polish accent. She enjoyed putting guys in the SHU, ie., solitary confinement. Guys said not to be so judgmental, she survived the Holocaust, as a prison guard.
You can read the lawsuit filed against the BOP, and the letters submitted to Judge Covello by Otisville Inmate Ressler.