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Freezing jail inmates bang SOS message for 'heat'

Inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn banged S-O-S on their windows to call attention to the lack of heat, New York City Councilman Justin Brannan said. The jail has had limited heat and power as the city experienced a cold snap, according to the New York Times. In an email cited by The New York Times, the federal Bureau of Prisons said the prison was experiencing a partial power outage related to Con Edison. A spokesman for the company denied this, saying it was an internal issue, the newspaper reported. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had failed the inmates, adding that he was sending city agencies to assess the situation at the jail. New York City faced freezing temperatures as a result of the polar vortex, local media reported. Credit: Justin Brannan via Storyful
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