PECOS, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – More families are speaking to us about the inhumane conditions at the Reeves County Detention Center.
Viviana Martinez, an inmate’s wife said, “The days he calls me and he is sick and we would talk he would have a fever you can’t help him. You just, you’re at a place where you just don’t know what to do or where to look anymore. It’s hard.”
It’s a heartbreaking situation to be in, taking care of your family while your loved one is serving time. Only to find out they are being denied medical care, are living in unkempt living spaces and at times go days without air conditioning.
“It’s scary I wouldn’t want anything to happen to him while he is in there. I know that they are in there because of course they did something wrong but I don’t think people should be treated like that,” said one inmate’s daughter.
Noluvuno Jele, another inmate’s wife said, “It hurts so much the fact that I have no control over the situation and there is nothing that I can do to help him I just feel so helpless.”
Dozens of family members coming forward since our first report 6 months ago. All of them have attempted to contact the BOP, Geo Group, and the Reeves County Detention Center.
“They give you the runaround. They tell you to call this number, nobody answers that number then they give you this one well ‘the captain is not going to talk to you because he will look at the severity of the case or whatever you are asking, we’ll make sure’ and then nothing ever happens,” said Martinez.
The Geo Group tells us to refer back to a statement they gave us on August 13th, that they reject those claims. They also refused to answer our follow-up questions since our last report that aired on August 14th. Meanwhile, these family members continue to have hope that something will change soon.
“They matter to us you know their health matters to us,” said Jele.