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What is the Riverhead Correctional Facility?

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The Riverhead Correctional Facility is part of the Suffolk County Correctional System located in Suffolk, N.Y., according to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. The Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" filmed scenes at Riverhead for its second season, notes The New Yorker.

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Riverhead is part of a local jail system and contains more than 750 cells, according to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. In 2014, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit against the Riverhead facility for civil rights violations, including unsanitary living conditions, explains Riverhead Local. The New York Civil Liberties Union named its campaign "Humanity is the New Black" to highlight the similarities between the substandard living conditions portrayed in "Orange is the New Black" and the unsanitary accommodations at the real-life Riverhead Correctional Facility.

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