Monday, February 23, 2015

Inmates Set Fires in Texas Prison

Calm has largely been restored at a federal correctional facility in Texas where authorities used tear gas to subdue inmates who set fires and refused to obey orders, officials said.
Operations at the prison Saturday were still far from normal.
Prison officials were in talks with inmates to resolve the disturbance, said Issa Arnita, spokesman for Management & Training Corp., a private company that runs the Willacy County Correctional Center.
A statement Saturday from the Federal Bureau of Prisons said the facility was "uninhabitable" due to damage from the disturbance. Management & Training Corp. has requested the bureau's help in moving inmates to another facility.
The Willacy County center houses about 2,900 inmates, according to a statement Saturday from Management & Training Corp.
The prison is located in Raymondville, about 40 miles northeast of the border town of McAllen. It houses "deportable individuals" who have been convicted of federal crimes and are eligible to be deported once their prison terms are up, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

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