Both Hostages Released at Reeves County Detention Center

Photo by Jon Fulbright, Pecos Enterprise
Photo by Jon Fulbright, Pecos Enterprise

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

PECOS - The second hostage at the Reeves County Detention Center III has been released after a riot broke out around 1:00 Friday afternoon.

NewsWest9 first reported there were hostages at the prison, but officials denied that before finally saying the information was true. One hostage was let go Friday evening. The second was free by midnight.

The two freed hostages are recreation specialists and are ages 57 and 60. The recreation specialists oversee the building where the private prison keeps its sports equipment. The two are civilians are and not guards. It was not immediately clear what condition the released hostages were in.

NewsWest9 has learned that the prison will begin allowing prisoners back into RCDC III in small groups early Saturday morning.

NewsWest9 has learned that an inmate did die Friday morning of natural causes. We do not know if that death had anything to do with riot, but the inmates demanded better healthcare and food. The inmates also wanted to speak with the Mexican Consulate. Most of the prisoners are illegal immigrants. It is unclear if those demands were met by the prison staff.

The recreation center near building III was set on fire early Friday afternoon. Black smoke was coming out of the building for a time, but the fire had died down after burning for an hour or so. That building was left to smolder most of Friday.

The Reeves County Detention Center is located on West County Road 204 and is a private prison. It is run by the Geo Group, which runs facilities all over the country including one in Lea County, New Mexico.

Authorities set up a one mile perimeter around the facility. West County Road 204 has been blocked off.

Multiple agencies are on the scene including the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, Pecos Police, DPS, Pecos County Sheriff's Office, Andrews County Sheriff's Office and the Border Patrol.

NewsWest9 and will have the latest details this weekend.