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Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) Tuesday sent a second letter to federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal reiterating his request to halt BOP inmate movement for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak after an inmate transferred to FCC Allenwood yesterday arrived sick enough to get tested for COVID-19.

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“Today, our office learned that it is standard operating procedure for inmates to be moved from detention facilities in other parts of the United States to FCC Allenwood, typically on Mondays of each week,” Congressman Keller wrote in part.

“Yesterday, 32 inmates were airlifted from Oklahoma City to Harrisburg and then bused to FCC Allenwood. Upon arrival at FCC Allenwood, the inmates were screened, with two inmates exhibiting symptoms and elevated temperatures. One of those inmates’ symptoms necessitated a transfer to Geisinger Danville Hospital where the inmate was tested for COVID-19. Those test results are pending.”

Congressman Keller added:

“These set of facts are disturbing and unacceptable. Clearly, BOP cannot guarantee the safety of BOP inmates, employees, their families, or the broader community. As such, continuing to move inmates throughout the BOP system while COVID-19 continues to spread is a mistake and must be immediately stopped.”

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