Official: Eden Prison Protest Resolved


The standoff between inmates and prison guards was resolved Saturday afternoon, said a spokesman for CCA, Inc., the company that manages the federal lockup for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

‘This afternoon, staff at Eden Detention Center secured a peaceful resolution to an incident in which a group of inmates in the recreation yard refused orders to return to their housing dormitories.

“All inmates have now peacefully exited the recreation yard and are secured in their housing dormitories. At no time did any incidents of violence occur, and the community was never in danger. All staff and inmates are accounted for. The facility is secured while an investigation is conducted. Facility management notified its partner, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and kept officials apprised throughout the duration of the incident,” stated Steven Owen, managing director of communications for CCA, Inc. in a statement released just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

Information leaked that an inmate protest was underway early Friday evening when a sister of one of the inmates notified San Angelo LIVE! She said the protest was over the stricter policies of the head warden there. The head warden there took over one year ago according to the CCA, Inc. website.

The call, that originated out-of-state from a sister of an inmate, claimed, “He (the brother who is an inmate) has called and said that the inmates are being treated inhumanely. So they are all outside in the yard asking for God’s eyes to see them. He said they wanted to be treated with dignity and like human beings,” the female who in a callback interview claimed to be the sister of an inmate in the Eden prison.

“He would like for helicopters to come and see them, and see what the situation is,” she said.

Late Friday night, CCA stated that Eden’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) has been activated. Personnel in full riot gear were seen and photographed by our reporter entering the prison compound.

CCA did not reveal if any of the grievances of the inmates were addressed to resolve the protest that was characterized as “passive.”

The prison in Eden is operated by CCA, Inc. The prison is noted to be a low-security facility operated by the corporation for the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 1995. It is located along U.S. 87 in Eden, Texas.

More on the prison protest here.



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Pancho, Sun, 07/31/2016 - 12:19

It sounds as though CCA may have finally responded appropriately, meeting peaceful demands by inmates for more rational treatment and adherence to the contract for which taxpayers are paying, instead of resorting to violent suppression. Hopefully, the truth will get out.

Fact: When the SORT is activated and other CCA facilities send in their teams, which they did, prisoners tend to respond peacefully. Good thing, because those SORT members don't mess around, for good reason. SORT brought about the peaceful resolution.

Pancho, Tue, 08/02/2016 - 02:35

CCA prisoner mistreatment and incompetence led to the Adams County, MS, riot a few years ago. The SORT team intervention there got one member killed, and many others injured and taken hostage. Is Phillip Valdez still at Eden? As warden, he grossly mishandled and covered up the difficulties at Kuna, ID, not that many years ago, so I don't expect him to be rational in a similar situation. CCA was successfully sued and lost the ID contract and transferred Valdez to Leavenworth before sending him to Eden. I wonder if he bombed out at Leavenworth as well?

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