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With no explanation, Wyatt ICE detainee population explodes 316%

The number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees currently housed at the Wyatt has jumped 316% in June, from 31 detainees on June 3rd to 98 detainees as of yesterday, June 21st.
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Published on June 22, 2021
By Steve Ahlquist

As part of Chief Judge John McConnell Jr‘s oversight of the COVID-19 epidemic at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the warden is required to fill out weekly reports concerning the incidence of infection of and the measures undertaken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These reports are also useful in determining the number of ICE detainees currently incarcerated in the institution. (You can access all the reports here.)

The number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees currently housed at the Wyatt has jumped 316% in June, from 31 detainees on June 3rd to 98 detainees as of yesterday, June 21st. UpriseRI reached out to Wyatt spokesperson Christopher Hunter with a series of questions a week ago as the number of detainees was growing, but Hunter was unable or unwilling to answer these questions and referred UpriseRI to ICE Spokesperson John Mohan. Mohan has yet to respond to UpriseRI.

  • June 03 – 31 detainees at the Wyatt.
  • June 10 – 35 detainees at the Wyatt. (With a note attached stating that 50 additional detainees will be arriving on June 10 and included in next report)
  • June 11 – 84 detainees at the Wyatt. (With a note stating that an additional 46 detainees will be arriving on or about June 16)
  • June 17 – 82 detainees at the Wyatt. (With a note stating that approximately 48 more detainees will be arriving on June 17)
  • June 21 – 98 ((With a note stating that the facility did not receive and 48 additional detainees as reported on June 17, but instead received 16 additional detainees.)

Where are these ICE detainees are coming from? What has changed, either nationally or more locally so that a detainee population can more triple in just over two weeks? Does this represent a policy change at ICE or within the United States government, or is this because some prisons in Massachusetts have stopped collaborating with ICE?

How does this affect the bottom line of the Wyatt, essentially a for profit prison that has never quite produced the income promised to Central Falls or the investors?


Here are the reports. More on this as the story develops.


UpriseRI has written extensively about the Wyatt, the ICE Detainees and community efforts to shut the prison down:

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