Inmates at W. Mass. jail create disturbance

July 8, 2011

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GREENFIELD, Mass.—The Franklin County sheriff says about a dozen jail inmates refused to go into their cells and started a disturbance that lasted several hours.

Sheriff Christopher Donelan says the disturbance in the Greenfield jail started at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when the inmates refused to enter their cells as required and started throwing furniture, blankets and other items. They were quelled by the department's tactical response team at about 1:30 a.m. Friday. They were then locked up in other areas of the jail.

Donelan says no one was hurt.

Donelan says the unit houses convicted felons and pre-trial detainees. The department is reviewing video surveillance to determine which inmates were involved and whether charges are warranted.

He did not know what sparked the disturbance. The jail has about 275 inmates.