AC at DC Detention Facility Hasn’t Worked for Days, Man Says – NBC4 Washington

Javon walked out of dehydrated Central Cell Block tonight, his skin as dry as paper.

His jaw is tied.

He says it was broken and his wrist injured after police were called about an incident at his home that ended in his arrest.

He was taken from the emergency room to the central cell block on Saturday. Javon describes the inside of the facility, below DC Superior Court, as airless and sweltering.

He says the stainless steel bed in his cell burned his skin.

He was in pain, could barely breathe and couldn’t eat the sandwich he was offered because of his injured jaw, Javon says.

The post-arrest detention facility under the DC Superior Court has been without air conditioning and ventilation since at least Saturday, News4 has learned.

On Monday, Javon says he was told he was being released without charge and without a hearing.

Taylar Nuevelle, founder of Who Speaks for Me, is calling for the closure of Central Cell Block, known as CCB.

“It’s outdated, it’s outdated, it’s a place that can be closed down. We have eight districts in this city and there’s no reason we can’t hold people there,” Nuevelle said.

During a heat wave last July, Central Cell Block was without air conditioning for more than four days.

News4 has asked for comment from the US Marshalls Service, which runs the Central Cell Block, and is awaiting a response.

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