The Central Falls Detention Facility Corp., the governing body for the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., made an initial forbearance payment of $100,000 to the formerly bankrupt city under an agreement reached with the city and bondholders.

Under the agreement, intended for Wyatt to emerge from receivership, the corporation intends to make additional forbearance agreement payments of $16,666 monthly over four years.

Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Michael Silverstein in March signed off on the agreement, reached among the city, the corporation and U.S. Bank NA, the trustee for the bondholders.

Central Falls, which exited Chapter 9 in September 2012 after a 13-month stay, has earmarked these funds for road repaving.

The corporation on July 21 named Daniel Martin the new full-time warden at Wyatt.

The selection of Martin, a 27-year corrections industry veteran and recently Wyatt's interim warden and major, followed an extensive search and with input from key stakeholders including Wyatt executive staff, corrections officers and a consultant retained by bondholders, according to a statement.

Martin's salary will be $110,000 with performance bonus options tied to increasing average daily population and the completion of successful facility audits. "Just like the city of Central Falls, the new leadership at the Wyatt, led by chairman [Luke] Gallant and Warden Martin, are finding ways to do more with less and to turn the page on the past," said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.

Wyatt's finances plummeted after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials removed 153 immigrants late in 2008 and terminated its contract with the jail after a Chinese national died while in custody. Wyatt now houses U.S. Marshals Service detainees.

 

 

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