Ocasio-Cortez says Manafort, others should be released from solitary confinement

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday called for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE's former campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortOn The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court How to combat Putin's financial aggression MORE to be released from solitary confinement. 

The freshman congresswoman has frequently taken aim at Rikers Island prison, which is located in her district, for inhumane conditions.


On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of the Trump administration, focused on a New York Times report of Manafort being sent to Rikers as a chance to renew her push for better treatment of prisoners.

"A prison sentence is not a license for gov torture and human rights violations. That's what solitary confinement is," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, adding that Manafort and others held in solitary confinement should be released.

Rikers Island has often been cited for violence and management issues.

It has not been made clear if Manafort will actually be placed in solitary confinement. The New York City Department of Corrections has reportedly stated that Manafort will be placed in isolation for his own protection, but would not be placed in solitary confinement. 

Manafort is currently serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. The Manhattan district attorney indicted Manafort in March with 16 state felonies.

Updated at 10:52 a.m.