City council takes steps to cut ties with detention facility

April 4, 2019

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The Central Falls City Council has taken its first steps to cut ties with the Wyatt Detention Facility, citing the facilities current agreement to house U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

The council revoked two resolutions from 1991 on Wednesday that characterized a need for the facility in Central Falls and approving its construction. The votes were taken in response to Wyatt’s recent acceptance of detainees being held as a result of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy.

Council President Maria Rivera says the council’s votes do not impede the facility’s current operations, but the city will explore how to pursue the closure of the facility.

Wyatt is a quasi-public institution run by the facility board, which includes members appointed by the mayor.