Couy Griffin of “Cowboys for Trump,” is featured in the Winter 2022 issue of RANGE magazine. Like the many January 6th protesters still being held in D.C. correctional facilities under the direction of the FBI, Couy, the “Gulag Cowboy,” was placed in a filthy cell and held in solitary confinement for the crime of praying on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. These protesters, most of whom protested peacefully, are being held in inhumane conditions and treated with cruelty reminiscent of past authoritarian regimes. Subscribe now to RANGE magazine to get your copy of the Winter 2022 issue. ~Ed
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Feds transfer 400 prisoners from main D.C. jail due to conditions, following complaints from Jan. 6 defendants, but they are not among those being moved!
A slew of complaints about the treatment of jailed defendants in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol appears to have triggered a review that led to about 400 federal prisoners being transferred out of the D.C. Central Detention Facility. But those accused of participating in the Capitol riot are not among them.
The U.S. Marshals Service announced on Tuesday that it had conducted an “unannounced inspection” of District of Columbia Department of Corrections facilities two weeks ago and determined that one of the complexes — the main jail — did not meet federal standards.
“The USMS inspection was prompted by recent and historical concerns raised regarding conditions at the DC DOC facilities, including those recently raised by various members of the judiciary,” the Marshals Service said in a statement. “The U.S. Marshal’s inspection of [the Central Detention Facility] revealed that conditions there do not meet the minimum standards of confinement as prescribed by the Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards.”
The approximately 400 prisoners — all pretrial detainees — are being moved to the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., the Marshals Service said.
The statement did not elaborate on how the D.C. jail facility fell short, but said federal officials would work with D.C. officials to rectify the problems.
The decision seems not to provide any immediate relief for dozens of Jan. 6-related defendants who are being held pending trial in D.C., because those individuals are being held at the Correctional Treatment Facility, which is used as a medical center for the D.C. jail system and also sometimes for prisoners being isolated from the general population.
Capitol riot suspects have complained about being the target of harassment and intimidation by jail guards and, in at least one case, a beating. Some say they’re viewed as white supremacists by the employees at the jail and have become targets for abuse as a result.