6:00pm: Sunday Sportsline

Bureau of Prisons confirmed prisoners who test positive for coronavirus will not be transferred to West Virginia facility

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed to Preston County and state leaders it will not send prisoners who have tested positive for the coronavirus to the Hazelton or Gilmer federal penitentiaries.

The agency said Thursday prisoners will be tested before being transferred to the facility, which are being utilized as regional holding facilities before prisoners are transferred into the main prison population.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called the announcement progress.

“While much work remains, a concrete promise from the feds to test and operate under CDC guidance and not transfer any positive testing prisoners represents a step forward,” he said. “We cannot and must not replicate the mistakes that plagued the Gilmer transfer. We must keep West Virginia safe.”

The Preston County Commission and West Virginia’s congressional delegation have also pushed for prisoners with a confirmed case of the coronavirus to not be transferred to the state.

Gov. Jim Justice sent a letter to the Bureau of Prisons requesting prisoners not to be sent to the Hazelton facility or the Gilmer prison. According to Justice’s general counsel Brian Abraham, agency director Michael Carvajal told Justice the number of prisoners being transferred nationwide has decreased and testing has increased as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“He assured the governor that they would take every precaution to protect not only the inmates but the staff that are members of the public here in West Virginia,” Abraham added. “We will continue to work with them going forward.”

More News

Winners of first vaccination lottery announced in West Virginia Day ceremony
Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice announced the first winners of the "Do It For Babydog: Save a life, Change your life" sweepstakes on Sunday.
June 20, 2021 - 2:55 pm
Monongalia County considering additional medical marijuana regs
County commission could take up issue for vote this week.
June 20, 2021 - 2:22 pm
Five years after flood, residents see lingering challenges and increasing progress
Residents see improvements on housing, population and economy, but much more to be done.
June 20, 2021 - 4:28 am
Battle Buddy doing its part to prevent suicides by veterans
Veterans traveling around the country to save lives.
June 19, 2021 - 5:51 pm