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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Riot At West Texas Private Prison

The Chronicle

PECOS, Texas — Law-enforcement authorities worked Sunday to restore order at a privately run federal prison in West Texas, where a riot broke out a day earlier.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said inmates were in the prison yard at one of the units that make up the Reeves County Detention Center.

The riot is the second in less than two months at the facility, which includes three units. The first was at the prison's No. 3 unit. Saturday's disturbance was at the center where units No. 1 and No. 2 are housed.

Officers from various agencies, including the DPS, remained on the scene Sunday

Officials at the prison could not be reached for comment. Calls to the GEO Group, which runs the lockup, were not immediately returned.

Matt Guerra, who works at Unit No. 3, said Saturday night that he could see smoke coming from the area of the riot.

In December, rioting inmates at the federal prison facility about 430 miles west of Dallas sought better medical treatment. Officials said there were minor injuries.

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., has run the lockup through contracts with Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 2003. The prison holds more than 2,400 inmates.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obviously, we have the same problem in Colorado and the safety of the inmates and the DOC guards are in danger. Prisons and half way houses run for profit only try to get away with paying as little as possible, and only meet expenditures as absolutely necessary. Medical is subjective, and there is no surprise that private prisons attempt to comply with only basic service.
Private prisons would not give flu shots to inmates, and the DOC management is "surprised" by this failure. mpc

sharon marsak said...

DOC IS AWARE OF WHATS GOING ON AND CHOOSES TO TURN A BLIND EYE.ITS ALL ABOUT PROFITS< THE PRIVATE PRISONS MAKE MILLIONS ON PRISONERS,but the inmates loose .THEY ARE TREATED WORSE THAN ABUSED ANIMALS< IS IT A WONDER THEY REBEL???!! AND CRY OUT FOR HELP< THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN ,THEY RIOT !!!!!! IS ANYONE LISTENING TO THEM ???????

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