Disturbance Reported at Mineral Wells Private Prison

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MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) - A disturbance broke out overnight among inmates at a private prison facility in Mineral Wells when the inmates refused to leave the recreation yard and return to their housing units.

Two employees of the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility were treated on site for minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Corrections Corp. of America, the facility's owner and operator, says there are no reports of injuries to inmates.

After midnight, guards started peacefully moving inmates back into the building, including inmates that earlier had been disruptive.

About 400 inmates were still in the recreation yard, with about two dozen refusing to cooperate, throwing rocks, breaking glass and trying to destroy property.

Prison staff members used "approved, non-lethal chemical agents" in an effort to gain control of the situation.

Mineral Wells police Captain Mike McAllester says about 30 local officers set up a perimeter outside the prison's gates to secure the area.

An ambulance and fire personnel were standing by in case of injuries.

The all-male, minimum-security facility has 2,100 beds and houses inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

It's about 40 miles west of Fort Worth.