Jailers in Brooklyn work 16-hour shifts as federal lockup in Manhattan transfers inmates
The Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on August 10, 2019. - DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — Brooklyn’s federal jail is struggling with a serious staff shortage as it takes an influx of new detainees from the Manhattan federal lockup that is in the process of closing, a top union official said. Stretched-thin corrections officers at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center struggle to deal with the new inmates transfers from Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center arrive every day, said the Brooklyn jail’s union president, Rhonda Barnwell. “Because we have no staff, some days there is no one assigned to a housing unit. Sometimes for eight hours there’s no one. That’s v...