Nearly 3,000 Texas prisoners to be relocated after major prison riot

Many offenders in the prison are there for illegally crossing the border.

By Thor Benson

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Nearly 3,000 prisoners are being moved from Willacy County Correctional Center in Texas to other facilities in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The move comes after a major riot in the prison that occurred on Friday. The prisoners claimed they were unhappy with the medical treatments and started to get violent. Two prison officers were injured, and three inmates also sustained some injuries.


The FBI is overseeing the move, because the prison is part of the federal prison system and some of the inmates are felons. Most of those involved are low-level inmates. The prison is known for housing people caught illegally crossing the border. The prison has at this point been deemed "uninhabitable."

No prisoners escaped during the riot.

"Once all the inmates are moved, we will begin assessing the damage. Soon after the disturbance began yesterday afternoon, inmates set three small fires which were quickly extinguished," Issa Arnita, director of corporate communications for the Management & Training Corp., told CNN.

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