GEO's Reeves County Detention Center on Fire Again

The GEO Group's Reeves County Detention Center caught on fire again earlier today, according to a story on KWES ("Fire out at Reeves County Detention Center," February 5).  

A fire that erupted at the Reeves County Detention Center is out, but still smoldering.

The fire started Thursday morning in a recreational facility at RCDC. It is believed the recreation facility is part of building II. NewsWest9's Victor Lopez reports that the fire is out and fire crews were still on the scene. Some smaller fires started in a yard at the prison were also out.

Prisoners started rioting at the facility this past weekend. Inmates and family members of inmates have told NewsWest9 they are demanding better healthcare. At that time, three inmates were hurt, but those injuries were described as minor.

The fire started Thursday morning in a recreational facility at RCDC. It is believed the recreation facility is part of building II. NewsWest9's Victor Lopez reports that the fire is out and fire crews were still on the scene. Some smaller fires started in a yard at the prison were also out. 

The facility suffered significant damage and three inmates were injured last weekend when a major disturbance rocked the facility, the second in as many months. According to multiple sources, prisoners rioted in protest of poor medical care and reported deaths at the facility.  In the fallout of from the riot, 20 swat officers were called in twice earlier this week ("Swat officers enter W. Texas prison, Houston Chronicle, February 4). We'll keep you posted on the latest from Reeves County.

Update: Univision is apparently reporting that State Senator Uresti is headed to Pecos to invistigate. 

Update II: Check out Tom Barry's interesting post Prison Dreams in Pecos over at the Border Lines Blog.

Comments

It is inhuman to treat

It is inhuman to treat prisoners as animals. These are people that feel, breathe, have hope, and have made a mistake and deserve a second chance. What gives the government or a private entity to negate health services, do they not have next of kin who might need an ambulance or a doctor at one point in their life? We lost all of our values.

In order to run a facility

In order to run a facility and have no problems is to be firm but fair with the inmates... They are not animals.. I am C.O. and at the prison I work at so far has not had any problems.. You need to look into the medical staff.

You can't look into anything

You can't look into anything - they make it harder on the inmates.  People get neglected there all the time and have even died in isolation.  Who's head is on the block for that?  Everything is hush hush and there seems to be absolutely no government help!

It disgusts me that my loved one is subjected to double, triple, and so on punishment.  We need someone who can help advocate for better food and healthcare and perhaps better treatement. 

I understand it need not be a hotel, but sometimes I wish the roles were reversed a little and then we would see who would be setting fire to what to get the medication they need, or at least an edible meal!

Please someone - help us!  My heart and soul gets torn to shreds when I find out how miserable that place is and that you are better left for dead.

God help those human beings - they are being punished as it is!

Prison Conditions

In response to "inhumane to treat's" comment, until you have worked in a correctional setting, don't post such a comment. Inmates housed by the GEO group receive the best care. They have access to many things that some people in free society don't have. I suppose this is why so many inmates return to the prison system when they are released because once released, they don't have access to these "luxuries". They get free medical care, dental, hospitalization if necessarry, heat/air conditioning, three square meals, gym, cable television, ability to purchase items on the outside oreither inhouse commissary - to name a few. Of course they are housed at our, the taxpayer's expense. In my opinion , they have it made.

Are you kidding me?  Perhaps

Are you kidding me?  Perhaps in the prison you have worked at you have seen those things.  Perhaps you have seen this on cable yourself?  Get a clue - there are some pretty bad prisons in the United States and if it were at all possible for camera crews to go into each one un-announced I would bet a million dollars there would be hell to pay.  I am not saying that there aren't nice or nicer facilities, but you cannot say that EVERY prison has good treatment or medical care. 

I understand that you are a Correctional Worker - I ask you from the bottom of my heart to always remember that even though that is just a job with a pay check to you, that you be sensitive to the fact that there are some good people in prison who have made mistakes and their families miss them.  It makes it that much harder to cope and deal with when even the visitors are being mistreated.

very concerned

I HAVE A VERY CLOSE FRIEND IN THIS PRISON AND I WANT HIM OUT HE SERVED HIS TIME AND JUST MADE A MISTAKE AND WALKED ACROSS THE BORDER TOO SEE HIS CHILDREN AND HE GOT CAUGHT. NOW HE HAS TO SPEND ANOTHER 3 YEARS IN THIS HORRIBLE PRISON. WE WANT HIM SENT BACK TO ILLINOIS. PLEASE SEND THEM ALL OTHER PLACES FOR THEIR FAMILY AND FREINDS.

PLEASE he just WALKED ACROSS

PLEASE he just WALKED ACROSS the boarder??? Is that not a crime???? These inmates didn't seem to care about their families when they were out there doing their deeds!!!!! LIKE it was said UNTILL YOU WORK IN A PRISION YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE. All the public see is what is on TV. Why do you think the prisions are over crowded and what is the reasioning for ALL the repeat offenders??????? What do you really expect your loved one or friend to say about prision.... it's great, everyone is sooooo friendly, the food is great, and it's better than being home, think I'll stay here!!!!!!!! ha ha ha

You'll never know

Let me tell everone out there that thinks that these prisoners are being mistreated something. For one why are they in there? was it because they got caught giving too much money in the local church offering? did they put in too many volunteer hours with comunity service? No, they are here because they commited crimes and got caught, I work as a Correctional Officer, we treat these inmates with respect, despite the fact that we are constantly finding contraband that could put other inmates and officers at risk of great bodily harm, no only do we provide them with 3 meals a day but we give them the opportunity to get an education, learn English, learn a particular trade, or even get their GED, hell some can even earn money while they are in there! The Diabetics are taken care of, the sick ( those who truelly need medical attention) recieve it, along with any medication they need. now tell me how this is mistreating inmates, Most who are here illegally from other countries DON'T want to go back because conditions there are worse than in Prison. Now until you work in a prison such as where i work keep your mouth shut on the issue..

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The nueces county medical

The nueces county medical examiner's autopsy says the same thing.

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I wish for better detention

I wish for better detention centers in our country. I hate to bring it up. There are inmates who actually serving time for small charges sharing cells with real criminals. I mean that! And you expect to get situation and life better for them after the prison life?!!!!

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