New York City's Rikers Island jail complex is facing a "mass death" event due to COVID-19, a Brooklyn public defender warned on Twitter on Monday evening.
Scott Hechinger revealed what he was hearing about Rikers Island in a thread on President Donald Trump's favorite social media platform.
Here's the case Hechinger presented:
People trapped on Rikers right now are sleeping close enough to reach out and touch the next person.— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1585019836.0
There is one toilet for every 29 people trapped on Rikers Island right now.— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1585019907.0
While eating, people on Rikers are forced to sit four to a table. No possibility of social distancing while sleeping or eating.— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1585020015.0
After one of the people in their dorm tested positive for Coronavirus and was taken out, Rikers staff did not clean the general areas.— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1585020152.0
5,294 humans are locked up on Rikers already at extreme risk of contracting this deadly illness. With no precautio… https://t.co/7GJ0MEkp6a— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1585021332.0