U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who helped organize the congressional visit to Ocilla last weekend, called for Irwin to be closed.
“It’s immoral to profit off of human suffering & misery,” he said Friday in a tweet. “This horror show must end! Shut it down NOW!”
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, the Tifton Republican whose district includes the detention center, blasted the measure Thursday. He accused Democrats of moving too quickly without waiting for the facts to come out.
“Every single one of you refused the opportunity to get the facts from the hospital administrator” where the procedures were performed, Scott said. “Never mind the facts. You wonder why people hate us up here.”