He wants to go home….
A national leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violence, asked a judge on Monday (11/15) to release him from the D.C. jail and place him on home confinement, citing what he described as inhumane conditions in the facility.
Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who has served 70 days of a five-month jail term, pleaded guilty in August to two crimes, including setting fire to a stolen Black Lives Matter banner during a tumultuous demonstration in Washington after the election defeat of former president Donald Trump.
Appearing in D.C. Superior Court via video, Tarrio, 37, and his attorney said Tarrio has endured abuse from staff members, unsanitary conditions, poor food and a lack of medical care. The complaints echoed the findings of a surprise inspection of the facility last month by the U.S. Marshals Service, which listed numerous “systemic failures” at the 45-year-old jail in Southeast Washington.
“I’ve been in jail before, but what I’ve seen here, I’ve never seen before,” Tarrio told Judge Jonathan H. Pittman. “It’s insane. It’s a gulag.”
That’s true… Tarrio is a felon.
In 2013, Tarrio, also known as Henry Tarrio Jr, was convicted of two class C, one class D and one class E felonies for stealing and reselling $1.2 million worth of diabetes test strips from Abbott Labs, and served 16 months in federal prison. Court records show that he was released in December 2014 with two years probation, and ordered to pay restitution for the full $1.2 million.
He’s also a known snitch…
The district’s Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But attorneys for the government acknowledged problems with the jail, saying the conditions were being addressed. A prisoner in a neighboring cell regularly flooded his own toilet in protest, they said, and Tarrio has since been moved to another cell. They denied that Tarrio had been mistreated, singled out or denied his rights in any way.
Tarrio’s complaints about jail conditions in Washington mirror those of several prisoners charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Conditions at the district’s central jail have long been a point of criticism for local activists. The issue has take on a national political dimension in recent months because of the Jan. 6 defendants.
Judge Pittman on Monday took the jail’s damaged reputation as proof that Tarrio wasn’t being singled out for mistreatment.
“It is obviously distressing to hear of these conditions,” he said. “I come back to the same question: How is Mr. Tarrio’s condition any different than any other inmate at the jail?”
What makes you so special, Enrique?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday (11/2) that suspects being held in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection do not need to be removed from the District of Columbia jail complex despite their complaints about conditions there.
The Marshals completed an inspection of the Washington jail complex that holds both local defendants and federal defendants awaiting trial. The inspection came shortly after a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates’ civil rights were being abused at the facility.
While the Marshals’ inspection found the building where 30 Jan. 6 defendants are being held to be sufficient, federal officials said they will be moving about 400 other inmates out of a secondary jail building after the inspection found conditions there did not meet minimum standards. They are being transferred to a facility in Pennsylvania.
He’s not the only whiny snowflake…
Capitol riot defendants have been complaining about the conditions in the Washington, D.C., jail where they’re being held. One judge isn’t having it. “They’re running a jail, not a hotel,” Judge Emmitt Sullivan said in a hearing on Wednesday (10/28). “Some people want hotel services.”
One such case is that of Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys who is claiming mistreatment. The Department of Justice said in a court filing on Wednesday he has “invented” many of his medical needs.
“The government has repeatedly been unable to sort fact from fiction in reviewing Mr. Worrell’s many claims of medical mistreatment because those claims have often been refuted, or at best unsubstantiated, by the medical notes and records that the government later obtains,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.
The problems at the DC Jail are real…
Meanwhile, witnesses who testified at the hearing corroborated many of the allegations in the USMS report, describing issues with food and water access, human waste in cells, and mistreatment from staff.
Witnesses also stressed that the poor conditions in the jail have been ongoing for years.
But though the complaints of white Jan. 6 defendants helped to kickstart this round of scrutiny to jail conditions, attorneys with the Public Defender Service testified Wednesday that about 87% of the D.C. jail population is Black, and 93% of the jail population is nonwhite. And Jan. 6 defendants are not among the people the USMS has been moving to Lewisburg, because they are being held in an area of the D.C. jail complex that the USMS labeled up to federal standards.
Yet conditions in the separate facility holding the 1/6 defendants has been deemed up to federal standards…
The U.S. Marshals Service said on Tuesday (11/2) it would remove about 400 federal inmates from a Washington, D.C., jail after a surprise inspection revealed that one of its facilities did not meet the minimum standards required by federal regulations.
The Marshals Service said its inspection, which took place on the week of Oct. 18, looked at two D.C. facilities – a treatment facility and the Central Detention Facility.
About 120 detainees, including all of those being held pending trial for alleged offenses related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, are being held at the treatment facility.
The inspection there did “not identify conditions that would necessitate the transfer of inmates,” the Marshals Service said, noting that the problems identified were limited to the Central Detention Facility.
The Correctional Treatment Facility where they’re being held is where DC predominantly holds it’s female inmates…
At some point, Greene, her entourage of staffers, and Gohmert split off from the larger group and made their way to the unit in CTF where the Jan. 6 defendants are being held. She tweeted that she joined them in their nightly singing of the national anthem, which happens at 9 p.m. That indicates that she was in the jail longer than the local lawmakers, who say their tour lasted roughly an hour.
She also described visiting the Jan. 6 defendants, whom she called “forgotten & hopeless.”
“It was like walking into a prisoner of war camp and seeing men whose eyes can’t believe someone had made it in to see them. They are suffering greatly,” she said. “Virtually no medical care, very poor food quality, and being put through re-education which most of them are rejecting.”
Let’s hope Marjorie Taylor Greene gets to join them again soon as a prisoner herself.
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