PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A federal agency pulled all of its detainees out of a troubled Virginia jail in 2014 because the facility didn’t meet national detention standards.
Carissa Cutrell is spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2cCtGBk ) that the agency ended its relationship with the jail because it “could not verify the facility’s compliance” with standards that ensure detainees are in a safe, secure and humane environment.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has asked federal officials to investigate the jail after the high-profile deaths of two inmates, including a mentally ill 24-year-old, who died months after being jailed for stealing $5 worth of junk food.
Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe is the jail’s interim superintendent. He says a communication problem contributed to ICE’s decision to leave.
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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com