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Friday, February 20, 2015

Prison officials: 2000 inmates involved in prison disturbance

Valley Morning StarWillacy County sheriff’s deputies, Raymondville police, DPS troopers, Border Patrol and every other available law enforcement agency in the region is at the federal prison in Raymondville for what appears to have escalated into a riot.

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said several tents at the facility were set on around 1:30 p.m. The prison compound is made up of massive tents commonly known as a "tent city."

In a news release Management and Training Corporation, which runs the prison, said the problems started this morning when inmates refused to eat breakfast and complained about medical services at the facility.

MTC says several inmates broke out of the housing units and made their way to the recreational yard.

Sheriff Spence said at one point he saw 200 to 300 inmates walking around in the recreation yard.

The company says there are now approximately 2,000 inmates taking part in the disturbance. Another 1,000 inmates housed in a separate facility are not involved.

Prison officials say they used tear gas to try to bring the situation under control. They say inmates set fire to three of the 10 prison tents causing minor damages.

"There’s been some shots fired. Guards on top of the tower were firing. What they were using as ammunition, I have no idea," Spence said.

The company says two officers and an inmate suffered minor injuries and were treated at the prison. continue reading...

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