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Lawyers want Farmville Detention Center's transfer ban ended

Posted at 11:03 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 11:05:03-04

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Justice Department lawyers are asking a federal judge to lift a ban on transferring inmates to an immigration detention center in Virginia that suffered a massive coronavirus outbreak.

A judge issued an injunction last month barring transfers into Farmville Detention Center.

She blamed a coronavirus outbreak there on a “bureaucratic circus” that resulted in detainees being transferred to Farmville from Florida and Arizona without any quarantine.

Ultimately 90% of nearly 300 inmates there tested positive for the coronavirus, and a 72-year-old detainee died.

In a court filing this week, government lawyers say the inability to transfer inmates in is making it difficult to enforce immigration laws.

Related: Report: Farmville immigration detention center should release inmates