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Manchin Joins Justice in Appealing Prisoner Reassignment

April 26th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Friday, WCBC presented an interview with the head of Local 240, American Federation of Government Employees, Richard Heldreth, who told us of a plan by federal officials to move up to 300 inmates from the DC area to FCI Hazelton.  Following our initial report, Governor Jim Justice wrote to object to the plan, and now, West Virginia's Senior Senator Joe Manchin has joined in the protest.

Manchin urged U.S. Attorney General (AG) William Barr to immediately halt plans to send new out-of-state inmates from COVID-19 hotspot regions to FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer to quarantine. This decision puts West Virginia’s already vulnerable population, our correctional officers and their families at a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The Senator said in part, “Instead, I respectfully request you consider helping West Virginia during this challenging time by utilizing the excess capacity at FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer to support efforts already underway to relieve the overcrowding in our state jails and waive the cost of housing those state inmates for the duration of the pandemic. This act of compassion by DOJ and BOP would greatly benefit the people of West Virginia while we continue to fight this terrible virus. By working as a partner with the state to better utilize the excess capacity in these facilities we can join together on a solution to enhance physical distancing in our state jails and slow the spread of COVID-19 in West Virginia. Again, I implore you to cease the movement of these new out-of-state inmates to West Virginia and work with the state to bolster ongoing efforts to protect the public, our correctional officers, and the current inmate population.”

One Response to “Manchin Joins Justice in Appealing Prisoner Reassignment”

  1. April 26, 2020 at 9:30 am, Bob said:

    They are correct; everyone knows that the proper dumping place is Cumberland, where they welcome all.


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