PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A federal agency pulled all of its detainees out of a troubled Virginia jail in 2014 because the facility didn’t meet national detention standards.

Carissa Cutrell is spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2cCtGBk ) that the agency ended its relationship with the jail because it “could not verify the facility’s compliance” with standards that ensure detainees are in a safe, secure and humane environment.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has asked federal officials to investigate the jail after the high-profile deaths of two inmates, including a mentally ill 24-year-old, who died months after being jailed for stealing $5 worth of junk food.

Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe is the jail’s interim superintendent. He says a communication problem contributed to ICE’s decision to leave.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com