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Tag: Piedmont Regional Jail

ICE Stops Detentions at Va. Facility After a Death

The death has made ICE rethink the way it handles non-citizens awaiting deportation. But is this an indication of something more systemic, something beyond Virginia?

By Nick Mirroff and Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer

The November death of a Prince William County man in immigration custody at Piedmont Regional Jail has prompted Immigration and Customs Enforcement to suspend placing new detainees at the facility, three hours south of the District near Farmville, Va.

In recent years, the rural six-county jail has contracted with ICE at rock-bottom rates to become a principal storehouse for noncitizen detainees from Northern Virginia and the District awaiting deportation. But since the Nov. 28 death of detainee Guido Newbrough, ICE has launched an investigation into medical care at the facility, and its detainee population had plunged from 330 to 53 as of yesterday. As a result, 50 jail employees have been laid off.

“There is no effort underway to cease utilizing Piedmont. However, we have stopped housing detainees at Piedmont while we continue to monitor current conditions at the facility,” said Cori Bassett, an ICE spokeswoman.
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Death at ICE Facility in Viriginia Raises Questions

Treatment of detainees at Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities has been an issue some insist needs to be resolved now. Will the death of Guido Newbrough force authorities to take a harder look at the issue? That remains to be seen.

By Nick Miroff
Washington Post Staff Writer
One morning last November, Prince William County resident Guido Newbrough woke up in crippling pain at Piedmont Regional Jail, 150 miles south of the District. Delirious and unable to walk, he asked fellow inmates to bring him ice. They began pounding on the doors to summon guards.
Among the mostly Central American and African inmates who slept on the triple-stacked bunk beds of Piedmont’s dormlike holding cells, Newbrough, 48, was an unusual case. He was born in Germany but raised in Prince William and had lived in Virginia since age 6. But a 2003 conviction for aggravated sexual battery made him eligible for deportation, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested him in February.
Newbrough had been at Piedmont for nine months when he began complaining of sharp pain in his abdomen and back.
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