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Wolf Administration Continues Effort to Revoke License of Berks County Residential Center


Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Department of Human Services (DHS)’ Bureau of Human Services Licensing filed a petition for reconsideration of an administrative law judge’s ruling on the nonrenewal and revocation of the Berks County Residential Center’s (BCRC) license. The DHS agency head or his designee has 30 days to grant or deny the reconsideration.

While DHS remains in litigation regarding its revocation of BCRC’s license to operate as a child residential facility, DHS will continue to conduct regular inspections of the BCRC facility to ensure the safety and well-being of the women and children who are and will be detained there.

The BCRC houses federally detained families awaiting immigration proceedings after coming to the United States to seek asylum. The BCRC is one of three facilities of its kind in the country. The center is funded and overseen by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), however owned and operated by Berks County.

On January 27, 2016, the department issued a license revocation and non-renewal notice to BCRC. The center filed an appeal of the revocation, which was later sustained by an administrative law judge following a hearing.

Per the department's standard policy, the center will continue to be monitored during the facility’s pending appeal. DHS will cite regulatory violations, require submission and implementation of corrective action plans, take all other necessary steps to enforce compliance with regulatory requirements, and – first and foremost – protect the health and safety of the residents.

A copy of the reconsideration can be found here.


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