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Wyatt Detention Center goes into receivership

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A Rhode Island Superior Court judge on Friday named a receiver to take control of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility's troubled finances.

The Wyatt, a detention center for federal inmates in Central Falls, has been losing money since 2012. As of January, its outstanding bond debt was $97.3 million.

The court named Jonathan Savage as temporary receiver of the Central Falls Detention Facility Corp., the nonprofit that runs the detention center. Savage was the initial receiver for Central Falls in 2010 before it declared bankruptcy.

The Wyatt center's debt is separate from that of the city of Central Falls.

The Wyatt opened in 1993 and was seen as economic asset for the city of Central Falls. The city received $5.3 million in host fees from 1994 to 2009.

The payments stopped when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency withdrew detainees from the Wyatt following the death of "Jason" Ng, a Chinese immigrant in custody who died from cancer amid allegations of abuse and medical neglect.

Since then, the center has been unable to sustain a prisoner population rate to break even financially.

The detention center employs about 168 people.

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