A warehouse wall across from the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn is covered with signs to convey messages of support and love to inmates. About 1,750 inmates — mainly men — are held at the federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront.
A warehouse wall across from the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn is covered with signs to convey messages of support and love to inmates. Recently, the New York Times reports, there were signs in Spanish, posters in Hebrew. Some were handwritten and covered in tape to protect them from the elements. Others were printed on durable plastic. Around 1,750 inmates — mainly men — are held at the federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront. Most of the inmates are awaiting trial or sentencing in federal cases. The jail has housed drug dealers, mobsters, operatives for Al Qaeda and extradited drug traffickers from Colombia.
Inmates’ families pay weekly visits and gather to celebrate birthdays and holidays, and lately, to post signs. A spokeswoman for warden Herman Quay said that the jail was concerned about the posters only if they affected “the security or orderly running” of the detention center, and that the jail “encourages inmates to maintain family ties.” Some jail personnel said that inmates were occasionally reprimanded for banging on their windows after spotting a family member posting a sign below. In most cases, inmates are allowed visitors on one day of the week. These visits can be whittled down to less than an hour because of the time-consuming process of entering the building, or they can be forbidden altogether depending on the inmate’s risk factor or whether the jail is on lockdown.