IMMIGRATION

Inspector general report critical of West Texas federal prison housing mostly immigrants

A federal report cites lack of staffing and other issues as longstanding problems at a West Texas prison that has seen several uprisings among its largely immigrant inmates.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Inspector General released the report Thursday about the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos. The 2,400-bed facility primarily houses immigrants who've committed "low-level" crimes, such as repeatedly entering the U.S. illegally.

The report says the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the private contractor running the prison need to address several issues, including not having enough medical or correctional staff.

The prison came under heavy scrutiny in late 2008, following an inmate's death and two riots that caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

The GEO Group began running the center in 2003; its contract ends in 2017.