12 VT Inmates Charged In Prison Riot

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Twelve inmates from Vermont are facing charges in connection with a riot at the Franklin County jail in Massachusetts that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage.

The inmates were identified as alleged participants in the July 7 disturbance at the Greenfield jail through video surveillance.

They face charges including malicious destruction of property valued at more than $250.

No detainees from Massachusetts were implicated.

Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan tells The Greenfield Recorder the disturbance began as a planned sit-in at the normal lockdown time of 9:30 to protest certain rules and restrictions, but quickly escalated. He says inmates threw furniture, destroyed electronics and caused flooding.

The riot took nearly four hours to get under control.

The chief of the Vermont Corrections Department has apologized.

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