- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - A troubled detention facility in Central Falls has a new board chairman after the departure of its former chairman, ex-State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1gjmkQJ ) reports that attorney R. Kelly Sheridan is stepping in at the Wyatt Detention Facility immediately, according to Mayor James Diossa.

Doherty served a year as board chair at Wyatt, which is publicly owned but operated by the quasi-public private Central Falls Detention Facility Corp. It houses federal prisoners.

It housed detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement until 2008, when the agency stopped using Wyatt because one of its detainees died of cancer after being neglected and abused by prison staff.

Since then, it has been unable to fill its cells.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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