Riot, Hostage Situation Ends at West Texas Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PECOS, Texas -- No serious injuries were reported among inmates after a daylong and overnight uprising at a privately run prison in West Texas ended Saturday morning.

A Texas Department of Public Safety dispatcher in Pecos says outside law enforcement officers returned control of the Reeves County Detention Center back to prison personnel just before daybreak Saturday.

She said there were no injuries to responding law enforcement. The center's warden declined to comment pending release of a prepared statement.

Federal inmates at the prison took two prison employees hostage when the disturbance erupted Friday. The hostages were released late Friday night.

Authorities say the inmates, which include immigration detainees, were asking for better medical treatment. They say the riot started after noon Friday when the body of an inmate who died of natural causes was removed from the prison.

DPS Trooper John Barton of Midland tells the Pecos Enterprise that an exercise building was burned, but no damage estimates are available.

The South Florida-based GEO Group has run the jail through contracts with Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 2003. The prison holds more than 2,400 inmates.

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