01 February 2009

Inmates at Texas Prison Riot, 'Take Over Compound'

Fox News

PECOS, Texas —
Inmates at a privately run federal prison in western Texas started a riot and set at least one fire Saturday for the second time in less than two months, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The disturbance broke out in an area of the Reeves County Detention Center that houses up to 2,000 inmates, corrections officer Matt Guerra said.

"They took over the compound," he said. "They burned half the stuff over there."

Guerra said rioting inmates were close to a control area where "they can open practically everything." He said he could see smoke coming from the area.

Guerra said prison officers were safe but that he wasn't sure whether inmates were injured.

Helicopters and Department of Public Safety troopers from the Pecos area had descended on the facility.

"You name it, we've got it out there," Guerra said.

DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said earlier that the disturbance was in the prison yard. She said she had no information on injuries.

A spokeswoman for the Reeves County Sheriff's Department said he had no information about the riot.

Sylvia Garza, an executive secretary at the prison, said officials had no comment.

In December, rioting inmates at the facility about 430 miles west of Dallas sought better medical treatment. Officials said there were minor injuries.

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

Pablo E. Paez, a spokesman for GEO, did not immediately respond to phone or e-mail messages Saturday night.

Robocop's Comment:

I got a solution for this problem. Since there is no staff trapped in the facility, give the other staff a mixture of Mossberg 590's loaded with #4 buckshot, and others with M-4's. Have them start from one side of the facility to the other. Any non-submissive offender should be shot in the head. End of story. These inmate tantrums cannot be tolerated. The courts already give them too much, and like a parasite, they want to take more. A deadly example will maintain order,and remind them of their place.


sweetpea23 said...

I agree 100%

I read your blog every several days, and so far agree 100% with your opinions.

Maybe being a Federal Ranger for 35 years has something to do with "my opinion".

Robocop said...

State CO (up North) for 9 years, police officer (up North) for 4. I can see how your opinion formed.**LOL**