Group Protests Geo Group in Pecos

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

PECOS - About twenty people gathered outside the Reeves County Courthouse in Pecos Thursday morning to protest the Geo Group, which runs the Reeves County Detention Center.

The group chanted and waved signs. The signs said the government should run prisons and not private companies.

Family members from as far away as McAllen and Oklahoma came to voice their concerns about the conditions their loved ones are living in at the prison.

The group also said that attorney Juan Angel Guerra should be allowed inside the prison to see inmates he represents.

Inmates at the Reeves County Detention Center have rioted twice in the past three months. A riot in December caused at least $1 million in damage according to court documents. Crews are still accessing damage from the last riot.

In both riots the inmates demanded better healthcare and better treatment. Reeves County officials have said the inmates were receiving healthcare and being fed on a regular schedule.