In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, counsel for persons detained at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility (“Wyatt”) have filed applications for release in individual cases pending in this District. A primary basis cited in each of these applications is the risk of contracting COVID-19 because of their continued confinement. Persons at Wyatt are primarily pre-trial detainees under a contract with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and immigration detainees under contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). To provide the Judges of this Court and the parties in these cases with current, consistent, and correct information to assess the common issue underlying these applications the Warden of the Wyatt is ordered to file status reports. More information can be found here.
April 16, 2020