The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it had asked its internal watchdog to investigate the Metropolitan Detention Center’s response to heating and electrical failures last month, The New York Times reports.
The announcement came less than a week after reports of the conditions at the M.D.C., drawing protesters and elected officials. A Jan. 27 electrical fire plunged much of the jail into darkness as the city experienced frigid temperatures. Many inmates went without heat, hot water or warm food. The M.D.C., New York City’s largest federal detention center, holds more than 1,600 inmates, most of them awaiting trial and not convicted of a crime.