Inmates Transferred After Texas Jail Riot
An uprising involving 300 inmates who damaged a private prison in Texas resulted in a massive relocation on Sunday.
The process should continue until next week as inmates at the Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, are transferred to other U.S. Bureau of Prisons facilities, according to spokesman for Management and Training Corp, Issa Arnita.
“Inmates continue to be fully cooperative with the relocation efforts,” Arnita said.
The damages can be ascertained and repaired as soon as the inmates are moved.
“Initial assessments indicate significant damage to the plumbing and heating and cooling systems,” Arnita continued.
The prison, strategically located 64 kilometers from the Mexican border, incarcerates mostly illegal immigrants. This privately operated prison is among many in the country termed as Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) facilities.
The problem began due to the facility’s medical service. The prisoners protested by not coming to breakfast or reporting to work, according to KGBT-TV, San Antonio Express-News newspaper and local broadcaster.
From their housing structures, the inmates broke out and gathered in the recreation yard. They then set fire to Kevlar domes within the area.
On Saturday, the situation was brought under control. Around 2,800 inmates will be relocated, said U.S. Bureau of Prisons through the KGBT.
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said in a statement that the 2014 report on five CAR prisons reveals the condition of prisons below the standards set by the Bureau of Prisons.
According to ACLU, “Though not surprised, we are saddened by the events in Raymondville and hope they can be a catalyst for the changes we have demanded in our report.”