RAYMONDVILLE, Texas - As many as 2,800 inmates of a federal prison in South Texas will be transferred to new facilities over the next week.
Around 2,000 of them used pipes as weapons to take control of the Willacy County Correction Center on Friday and the uprising continued through Sunday.
Three housing facilities at the immigrant detention center were set on fire.
It apparently started over inmate frustrations with the quality of medical care at the facility. No major injuries were reported. Negotiations with the inmates started on Saturday. The inmates are now cooperating.
The damage caused from the takeover has made the facility uninhabitable.
The private contractor that operates the prison says it primarily holds immigrants with criminal records.