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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments Hispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday called for President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE's former campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads 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.