URGENT ACTION: Call for Just Treatment and Accountability in Reeves Detention Facility; Support Immigrant Detainees' Rights
Urgent Action Request – Call & Fax to Support Prisoners Rights & Demands
Detainees Take Action Protesting Inhumane Conditions in
Immigrants awaiting deportation who are being held in a private jail run by the GEO Group began a protest last Saturday, January 31. The protest began after a group of immigrant prisoners attempted to meet with the detention facility’s authorities, demanding that a gravely ill detainee be released from solitary confinement and be taken immediately to a hospital. The prison authorities refused to listen and did not take action. The detainees responded by protesting after being ignored. Read more on the immigrant prisoners protest below, after action request.
DEMAND (see talking points below)
Humane Conditions and Treatment
Emergency Medical Care and Accountability
· The media, legal observers or lawyers and family members are not being allowed to see what has happened.
· Demand accountability from the GEO Group and the Reeves County Sheriff; they must be pressured to dramatically improve the conditions, provide medical care and attention to all inmates and be held accountable for the deplorable conditions and treatment they have given immigrant prisoners.
Call and fax -- Demand accountability and safe treatment for the inmates! (see talking points below)
Tel (432) 447-2926 Fax (432) 447-9224
* Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties –
Toll Free (866) 644-8360 [(202) 401-1474] Fax (202) 357-8298
Office of Inspector General, DHS:
Fax (202) 254-4285
Office of Professional Responsibility, DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
Tel (877) 246-8253 Fax (202) 344-3390
ICE Office of Investigations Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Offices
Tel (703) 285-6709 Fax (703) 285-6700
AFTER YOU TAKE ACTION
(510) 465-1984 ext. 304 and ext. 305
1. Investigate immigrant prisoner deaths and other brutal treatment being committed by guards and other local authorities at the
Immigrant prison eyewitnesses have reported that in the last five months at least five prisoners have died in their cells and have been removed.
Independent media, legal observers and immigrant and human rights organizations must be allowed to meet and interview detainees and others to determine the changes needed to uphold the immigrant detainees’ rights.
The Office of Inspector General and other responsible authorities must investigate the abuses and bring those responsible for the brutal treatment to justice.
2. Inmates are demanding medical care for all detainees, especially for those who need special treatment, such as diabetes and others who are in dire need due to negligence and/or no treatment.
Demand that the GEO group guards and warden stop punishing immigrants needing medical attention. Prisoners report that when prisoners ask for medical attention they are punished and put in solitary confinement.
Prisoners are demanding immediate transfer out of this facility because the prison is overcrowded and uninhabitable due to these deplorable conditions.
3. No retaliation against prisoners who report or complain about the conditions. When inmates complain they are immediately punished by sticking them in the “hole” – solitary confinement.
Prisoners are punished for complaining about the poor food provided and the lack of sanitary conditions (rat and cockroach/insect infestation) in the cafeteria, hallways and cells.
4. Provide adequate and healthy food; provide heating and adequate clothing, bedding and other amenities immediately.
Prisoners are being forced to eat rotten food; the prisoners that prepare the food complain that the kitchen is infested with cockroaches and they have to cook the food under these unsanitary conditions.
Immigrants awaiting deportation who are being held in a private jail run by the GEO Group began a protest last Saturday, January 31. The protest began after a group of immigrant prisoners attempted to meet with the detention facility’s authorities, demanding that a gravely ill detainee be released from solitary confinement and be taken immediately to a hospital. The prison authorities refused to listen and did not take action. The detainees responded by protesting after being ignored.
After the inmates continued to raise their complaints to the guards and the warden about the treatment and deplorable conditions they were being subjected to in the “Reeves County Detention Facility” in
After the detainees began a spontaneous protest, a melee ensued. A fire broke out during the protest and guards immediately left the premises, locking in the prisoners behind. Some prisoners broke windows to get to other detainees who were choking and fainting, overcome by the smoke.
Then the guards got into SWAT vehicles (or some type of armored vehicle described as a “tortuga,” a turtle, by an inmate) and began firing teargas and rubber bullets at the prisoners who had been abandoned in the facility that was on fire.
Afterwards, the prison guards forced the immigrant inmates to stay outdoors in the prison facility yard on Saturday night. Since then, they have only been fed once a day; they have little or no water and have only three restroom facilities for almost 3,000 prisoners.
Last night the prison authorities said they would let the inmates back into the facilities. But the prisoners are being forced back into a smoke-damaged building contaminated with carbon monoxide from the fire. The facility now has little or no ventilation since windows have been boarded up.
The Geo Group already has more than 2,800 prisoners in a facility meant to hold 2,400.
Now, GEO guards are trying to force them to be held in the hallways and in around the cells.
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TEL: (432) 447.2926
Fax: (432) 447.9224
Facility Operator: GEO Group
This is a Private facility
February 2, 2009
Immigrant Prisoners Stage Uprising
Details are still sketchy of an inmate uprising at a privately-operated federal detention facility in
Initial accounts report the uprising spanned two days, with inmates setting fires and possibly even seizing guards' radio communication equipment. An unidentified
The uprising is now declared over, and as many as 700 former Pecos prisoners are reportedly confined at another detention center in Sierra Blanca,
The January 31 uprising was the second time inmates have staged violent protests at the prison in a period of less than two months. Although a complete assessment of injuries and property damages was not officially disclosed, at least three inmates could have been injured and hospitalized in the latest incident.
Managed by the Florida-based Geo Group, the Pecos facility is among many immigrant detention centers in the
Formerly Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, Geo Group calls itself a "world leader" in the privatized management of correctional institutions. According to the company's web site, "The North American market is growing rapidly, and we are focused on expanding Federal procurement opportunities."
Geo Group reported raking in $1.024 billion in revenues during 2007, with income totaling nearly $42 million. Besides the
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