Several local law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a disturbance at the Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facility in Brownwood on Saturday around 6:30 p.m.
Vehicles from the Brownwood and Early police departments, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Brownwood Fire Department, Guardian EMS and Department of Public Safety could be seen inside the gated correctional facility. Texas Juvenile Justice Department communications director Jim Hurley said the disturbance had occurred in the facility’s cafeteria and that one resident sustained a minor injury.
“At this point, it’s still early and we’re still looking at it,” Hurley said. “There was no staff hurt, and it was quickly quelled. My understanding was that it happened in the cafeteria and never spilled out.
“It wasn’t a riot,” Hurley said, responding to reports of complex staff and police scanner traffic describing it as such. “It seems to be a word that’s thrown around a lot without much precision, but I think it would be more accurate to be called a significant disturbance.”
Hurley said his department will continue to gather information on the incident and move to discipline the instigators. “Depending on what started it, we’ll address those issues,” he said. “Any bad actors that were primary participants … will be dealt with.
“At this point, I’m not sure what kind of damage was done,” he said. “From what I understand, it was handled very professionally and very quickly. Order was restored in short order.”
The Brownwood Police Department declined to comment, while the Sheriff’s Office confirmed it had “assisted … with a matter.”