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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.

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Second Riot in 2 Months at GEO's Reeves County Detention Center Leaves Injuries, Significant Damage

The second major riot in two months has left significant damage at the GEO Group's Reeves County Detention Center, according to a story by the Associated Press ("Company says Texas prison's damage 'significant,'" February 3),

The company that runs a federal prison in West Texas says "significant" damage from the second riot in less than two months has left the facility unable to resume normal operations.

The GEO Group Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that inmates in two of the Reeves County Detention Center's three units remain under staff view in a central area of the complex. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company says inmates remain "cooperative and compliant" after a riot that started Saturday afternoon.

The company says there have been no serious injuries to staff or inmates.

However, CNN ("Texas riot quelled, inmates damage buildings" February 1) claims that there were at least three inmate hospitalizations, including an inmate with a severed fingers.  The prisoners are apparently protesting for better medical care, according to an AP video story with some dramatic footage ("Company Says Riot at Private Texas Prisons" February 2).  The December riot was based on similar problems with medical care, including the mysterious death of an inmate. 

Some reports from advocates monitoring the situation have indicated that man prisoners have been moved to the Emerald facility in Sierra Blanca.  In addition, the National Network for Immigrant Rights has posted a call to action to defend the rights of the immigrants held at the facility on their blog.

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