Texas prisoners riot for 2d time in two months

AP, February 2, 2009

Law enforcement authorities in West Texas were trying yesterday to restore order at a privately run federal prison where a riot broke out, the second disturbance in as many months.

Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety, said the riot at the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos started Saturday and was continuing.

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The facility about 430 miles west of Dallas holds more than 2,400 inmates.

A riot erupted there in December over requests for better medical treatment. Minor injuries were reported in that disturbance.

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Correctional officer Matt Guerra said on Saturday that rioting inmates had gotten close to a control area where “they can open practically everything.”

He also said inmates had started a fire.

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