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Opinion No one should suffer the poor conditions of the D.C. jail

The D.C. jail in April 2020.
The D.C. jail in April 2020. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The conditions described in the Oct. 22 editorial “Jan. 6 rioters decry poor jail conditions” highlight a real moral failure of our country: a poor and dysfunctional prison and jail system. Those incarcerated have an absolute right to livable conditions. Similarly, corrections officers have a right to decent working conditions.

Gerry O’Brien, Arlington

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