PECOS Juan Angel Guerra said he wasn't surprised when two riots recently broke out at the Reeves County Detention Center.
As district attorney in Willacy County in South Texas, Guerra charged a prison's private operator with murder in connection with the death of a prisoner there in 2001. Like the Pecos prison, the facility there is operated by the Boca Raton, Fla.-based Geo Group.
"If you look at the map, and you see how they're spreading across the country it's frightening," Guerra said of private prisons. "But you know when you start complaining is when it's your brother, it's your wife."
Along with the Geo Group, Guerra has also indicted former Vice President Dick Cheney, claiming that his investment in private prisons made him culpable in abuse. The charges were later dismissed.