U.S. marshals remove inmates from DC prison due to poor conditions

The U.S. Marshals Service plans to move hundreds of inmates from the custody department of the DC Department of Corrections. It comes after a surprising inspection of the DC jail conducted by the service.

The U.S. Marshals Service plans to move hundreds of inmates from the custody department of the DC Department of Corrections. It comes after a surprising inspection of the DC jail conducted by the service.

The Marshals conducted the unannounced inspection in the week of October 18th. In a statement, the service said inspectors found that conditions at the Central Detention Facility (CDF) “did not meet the minimum standards of incarceration as prescribed by the Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards.”

The Washington Post reported that inspectors found “large amounts of standing human wastewater… in the toilets of several occupied cells,” and in many cells, water had “been shut off for days.” They also reported that staff members opposed prisoners.

The CDF currently holds about 400 inmates for the US Marshals service. Many detainees who are in the custody of the marshals are being held in the DC Department of Correction while on trial at U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maryland or awaiting placement in a federal prison.

The inmates will be relocated to the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Marshals Service also inspected the central treatment facility in DC, but did not identify conditions that would necessitate the transfer of inmates from that facility at this time. CTF houses approx. 120 detainees in the custody of the USMS, including all the defendants resulting from the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

The Marshals said the inspection was prompted by concerns from federal judges.

Last month, the director of the DC Department of Corrections Quincy Booth and Wanda Patten, the warden of the DC prison, were held in contempt of court for the treatment of a defendant in Capitol riots on January 6th.

The WTOP has contacted the District Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service for comment.

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