Riot, hostage situation ends at Texas prison

December 13, 2008 9:33:37 AM PST
An uprising at a privately run prison in West Texas ended Saturday morning. Outside law enforcement officers returned control of the Reeves County Detention Center back to prison personnel about 6:30 a.m., said Pecos dispatcher Patricia Dieschler of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Dieschler 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. Prison officials did not released the names of the two prison employees, who are recreation specialists at the prison. The hostages were released late Friday night.

The inmates, which include immigration detainees, were asking for better medical treatment, DPS Trooper John Barton told the Pecos Enterprise Friday night.

Officials say the riot started after noon, when the body of an inmate who died of natural causes was removed from the prison, Barton said.

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., 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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