Scenes from Orange is the New Black are filmed at Riverhead jail in Suffolk County. Luckily for its star-studded cast, they get to go home at night. What you don’t see on screen are the actual people who are forced to live in the jail’s inhumane and disgusting conditions. 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 conditions are so deplorable that their skin grows bumps, changes colors, flakes and bleeds. New Yorkers are wearing orange to stop the abusive conditions at the real OITNB jail. Get involved at #HumanityistheNewBlack
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- A feces flood lasted 30 hours. Former prisoner Jason Porter described crowding onto a small table with his fellow prisoners for 30 hours while rivers of human waste 6-inches deep flooded the jail floor after toilets exploded, spraying human feces and urine as high as the ceiling.
- Pipes leak asbestos and air reeks of feces urine and mold.
- Brown drinking water causes stomach aches, cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
- More disgusting conditions…