Sunday, October 19, 2008

Rutland, VT: Riot Errupts in Jail

The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland was surrounded by police for more than two hours Saturday night after 13 inmates refused to be locked down.

At about 7:30 p.m. they began knocking on the emergency escape doors and refusing to return to their cells.

Prisoners locked in cells held handwritten signs up to their windows that read "We are mistreated," and "We need case workers."

Traffic was blocked off as police officers surrounded the jail, bearing flashlights, shotguns and pepper pellet guns.

At least two inmates were transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center, according to Hofmann and an emergency medical dispatcher who were on the scene.

A corrections emergency response team was called to the jail to quell the riot. The team was outfitted with shields, masks and a variety of non lethal weapons including pepper spray, Hofmann said. Giffin said the team did "engage some of the inmates."

The riot ceased at 9:37 p.m. after the team swept through rooms in the jail.

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