The last prison ship in the United States closes its doors amid controversy | International
The last floating prison in operation in the United States will close this week amid controversy over complaints of overcrowding and poor living conditions among inmates.
The Vernon C. Bain Correctional Facility, which opened in 1992 as a temporary solution to the overcrowding of Rickers Island Prison, houses 500 inmates on the shores of New York.
In September Gregory Acevedo, a 44-year-old inmate, committed suicide by jumping over the side of the boat. A year earlier, Stephan Khandu, 24, died after contracting a treatable form of meningitis, transmitted by rodents.
Inmates receive one hour of recreational activities on the deck and then spend the rest of the day with little natural light. The rocking of the boat, the stifling heat of the cells and the constant power outages have worsened the living conditions inside.
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