TV series highlights conditions at Suffolk jail

The Riverhead facility was recently the site of a two-day shoot for the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." (6/11/14)

RIVERHEAD - A hit TV series is now drawing attention to conditions at the Suffolk County Jail.

The Riverhead facility was recently the site of a two-day shoot for the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black."

The New York Civil Liberties Union is using the show to highlight questionable conditions, including rat infestations and dirty water running from faucets. The group started a Twitter campaign called #HumanityIsTheNewBlack and is encouraging viewers to contact the Suffolk County executive about making improvements.

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The Suffolk County chapter of the NYCLU first became aware of complaints from inmates in 2012 at the former minimum security facility in Yaphank and the county jail in Riverhead. The NYCLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of 100 inmates at the time.

County Executive Steve Bellone says he will be talking to the sheriff's office which oversee the jails.

A spokesperson from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jails, said that there are state standards governing all correctional facilities, and says those standards have been met.

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