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Lawmakers who toured Georgia detention site raise concerns

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A Congressional delegation has visited a detention facility in rural Georgia and said the conditions and the treatment of the women held there is even worse than has been reported previously. 

Several members of Congress visited the Irwin County Detention Center. 

They called Saturday for it to be shut down pending an investigation, adding they heard horrific stories about women being forced to undergo unnecessary gynecological procedures with dirty equipment that left them with serious infections. 

They also were told of allegations the staff at the detention center do not take even the most basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Also Saturday, a rally was held in downtown Savannah related to the condidtions reported at the facility.

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Members of the Savannah Undocumented Youth Alliance call conditions at the center, "a grotesque and unconstitutional act."

This story was edited and contributed to by WTGS Staff.

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