For several days, crowds have gathered outside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn to protest reports of freezing and dark conditions inside the jail after it partially lost power nearly a week ago. For almost a week, many of those inside the jail, which houses more than 1,600 inmates, had no heat, hot meals, hot water for showers or light in their cells, according to the New York Times, which first reported on the conditions. For security reasons, inmates were placed on lockdown Thursday — coinciding with a polar vortex that brought record-low temperatures to parts of the country.
Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was found dead in federal prison on Tuesday. Bulger was reportedly beaten to death by fellow inmates nearly five years after being sentenced to life in prison. Bulger was killed one day after being transferred to a high-security prison in West Virginia. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi, an ‘al-Qaeda terrorist,’ was transferred to the Saudi Arabian government to serve the remainder of his 13-year sentence. Al Darbi is the first detainee to leave Guantanamo Bay during Trump’s presidency. There are 40 remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Notorious French criminal Redoine Faid who was serving a 25-year sentence for a failed robbery during which a police officer was killed is on the run after escaping from a Paris region prison by helicopter. This is the second time Faid has escaped from prison. Nearly 3,000 French police have been recruited to find Faid.
University of Virginia student, Otto Warmbier, was medically evacuated from North Korea after being detained in Pyeongyang for 17 months. Otto had allegedly been in a coma for over a year, the last time he was seen publically was when he gave a press statement in March 2016 in Pyeongyang. He returned to the U.S. on Tuesday night, and out of respect for his family his medical state has not been publicly stated. Otto was originally detained for trying to steal a propaganda poster in the capital of North Korea on a five day tour on January 2, 2016. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor last March.