Riots Prove Very Costly for Reeves County

PECOS, Texas (AP) - Two riots in as many months at a privately managed West Texas prison have cost more than $1.1 million in repairs.

Details are in the records of Reeves County, which owns the unit.

The Reeves County Commission on Monday unanimously approved more than $948,000 in repair bills from the riots. The panel previously OK'd about $320,000 in repair costs.

Reeves County Judge Sam Contreras says it may be some time before officials know the total cost of the riots.

The Reeves County Detention Center is managed by the Florida-based GEO Group.

The first incident was sparked by an inmate's death in December. The second riot erupted Jan. 31.

Contreras says insurance officials have estimated repairs could exceed $20 million.

He says two recreation buildings suffered substantial damage in the second riot and one may be demolished.