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Dan Rather Reports on Reeves County Detention Center problems tonight

Dan Rather Reports will be covering GEO Group's controversial Reeves County Detention Center on tonight's broadcast.  Here's the show's description:

What's Happening Inside Reeves? - A privately run Federal prison in a small Texas town collects millions of dollars a month but few know--or can find out--what goes on behind the walls.

As regular TPB readers will remember Reeves as it was our #2 biggest private prison story of 2009.  The prison was the site of two major uprisings a year ago in protest of the lack of medical care amongst other conditions.  Nine immigrant prisoners have died in the facility in the last four years.  In the wake of the riots, the ACLU of Texas requested a Department of Justice review of the facility, and protests by family members, Grassroots Leadership (my organization), the ACLU of Texas, and the Southwest Workers Union continued into December.

The facility's problems have previously drawn major investigative pieces, including Forrest Wilder's Texas Observer piece ("The Pecos Insurrection," October 2, 2009) which chronicled last year's December 12th riot after the death of prisoner Jesus Manuel Galindo, and Tom Barry's Boston Review story ("A Death in Texas," November/December 2009) that puts Galindo's death and the subsequent disturbances in the context of how Pecos got into the prison-building business in the first place.  

You can watch the show tonight on HDNet or download it from iTunes.