A wooden guard tower was the first target for inmates, some from Vermont, who rioted earlier this year at a private prison in Kentucky.
The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported details on the riot in Tuesday’s edition after interviewing inmates and reviewing a state report. With a guard still inside, inmates used large concrete ash trays to topple the tower, then pulled boards loose to batter the maintenance building where ladders, wire cutters and axes were stored.
Last week, a Lee County grand jury indicted 23 inmates on riot charges; 16 of them are Vermonters. There were no escapes and no serious injuries in the riot.