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Wyatt center placed into receivership

June 13, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — It’s a word that no one expected to hear again so soon in this city, but the financially troubled Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is now in receivership.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein granted the temporary receivership and appointed Providence attorney Jonathan Savage as the receiver for the next 20 days. After that, Silverstein will appoint a long term receiver if necessary.

The federal detention facility has been struggling for the past six years, and its average daily inmate population has continued to fall. Last year, the number of inmates was about 10 percent below the 675 daily average that is required to keep it operating in the black. The government reimburses the for-profit jail at a rate of $101.75 per day for each prisoner placed there by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The 700-bed facility facility never recovered from a 2008 incident in which a Chinese detainee died while in custody amidst controversial circumstances, and Immigration and Customer Enforcement (ICE) officials removed 153 immigrant detainees and cut its contract with the jail.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times and Saturday's Call.


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