Wednesday, February 4, 2009

West Texas Uprising: News and Urgent Action

Immigrant Prisoners Stage Uprising in Texas
by Frontera NorteSur Staff

February 2, 2009

Details are still sketchy of an inmate uprising at a privately-operated federal detention facility in West Texas last Saturday. Reports in the U.S. and Mexican press suggest the revolt, involving hundreds prisoners at the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos, Tex., erupted after complaints of poor medical treatment went unheeded.

Initial accounts report the uprising spanned two days, with inmates setting fires and possibly even seizing guards’ radio communication equipment. An unidentified Reeves County official earlier told El Diario de El Paso the situation was “dangerous” inside the facility managed by the Geo Group. [...]

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For coverage of a December uprising at the same facility:

Urgent Action: Call for Just Treatment and Accountability in Reeves Detention Facility; Support Immigrant Detainees' Rights

Urgent Action Request – Call & Fax to Support Prisoners Rights & Demands
from National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

For information on how to support the detainees:

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