THIS is the infamously brutal New York City jail Ghislaine Maxwell will call home as she awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking.
The 58-year-old alleged pimp of Jeffrey Epstein was transferred to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in New York on Monday, four days after her arrest in New Hampshire.
Seen here is the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred[/caption]
Maxwell was arrested last week on sex trafficking charges[/caption]
The MDC is notorious for its history of deplorable conditions and mistreatment of inmates.
Maxwell, who is under a 14-day coronavirus lockdown, now counts herself among the jail’s other rich and famous inmates like singer R Kelly and actress Alison Mack.
HISTORY OF ABUSE
Since MDC opened in the early 1990s, the facility has had a reputation as one of the worst federal jails in the US following several investigations into prisoner abuse and unlivable conditions.
The jail was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month after the death of Jamie Floyd, a 35-year-old inmate who died after corrections officers pepper-sprayed him in the face.
The MDC is notorious for its history of deplorable conditions and mistreatment of inmates[/caption]
The jail has also been investigated for sexual abuse in addition to its squalid conditions.
Three MDC guards were convicted in January 2019 of violently sexually abusing at least six female prisoners who had been housed at the jail.
The investigations date as far back as 2004, when a Newsweek report unearthed more than 300 hours of secret videotapes that revealed the abusive conditions endured by inmates.
According to a report released by federal investigators in 2003, MDC guards slammed prisoners into walls and twister their arms and wrists.
Since the facility opened in the early 1990s, the MDC has become known as one of the worst federal jails in the US[/caption]
Corrections officers even subjected them to humiliating strip searches, during which male prisoners were sometimes made to stand nude in front of female officers.
During other searches, prison guards “laughed, exchanged suggestive looks, and made funny noises,” Newsweek reported.
MDC made headlines in May when a group of elected officials in New York accused the federal lock-up of lying about the number of inmates infected with coronavirus.
Corrections officials allegedly destroyed medical records deliberately to avoid providing infected inmates with adequate care.
In March, an inmate at MDC was the first inmate in the federal prison system to test positive for the virus[/caption]
Dr Homer Venters made the shocking allegations in late April after he toured the facility on April 23 as part of a court-ordered inspection.
Venters, who was the former medical director of New York City’s jails, said in his report the six inmates who tested positive for the disease behind bars represent only a fraction of the outbreak’s reality behind bars.
The facility is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn[/caption]
“There may be a significant number of cases of COVID-19 that are undetected, both propelling the pace of the outbreak within the MDC — and because the MDC is not a closed system — the larger community,” he warned.
In March, an inmate at MDC was the first inmate in the federal prison system to test positive for the virus.
Cameron Lindsay, MDC’s former warden, revealed that Maxwell should prepare for a life of turmoil as her fellow inmates will view attacking her as “a badge of honor.”
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“You go from living a life like Maxwell to all of a sudden being in a situation where you’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities,” Lindsay said.
“That is a crushing experience.”
Maxwell was reportedly on suicide watch last Friday, similar to how her ex-boyfriend Epstein days before his death.