- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 7, 2014

The New York Civil Liberties Union is taking advantage of the media focus on the popular Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” by launching a campaign called “Humanity is the New Black.” The organization’s plan is to draw attention to what it believes are deplorable living conditions in the women’s prison where the series is partially filmed.

Suffolk County jail, in Riverhead, NY — which has occasionally stood in for the fictitious Litchfield Penitentiary on the show — is suffering from conditions so bad it’s affecting the prisoners’ health, according to a press release by the NYCLU.

“Prisoners describe actual floods of human feces; inescapable growths of thick, black mold; constant insect infestations; and brown water that smells ‘like a cesspool,’” the statement said. “Suffolk County should take the energy it puts into wooing Hollywood into cleaning up the shocking conditions at the Riverhead and Yaphank jails.”

The NYCLU filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the county over the prison’s condition. Left-leaning magazine “The Nation” reached out to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, but officials declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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