- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - York County Sheriff William King Jr. says inmates who have taken on a “prison mentality” were to blame for a non-violent disturbance that occurred at the county jail earlier this week.

About 30 “passively non-compliant” inmates refused to return to their cells Wednesday night in protest of recent operational changes at the York County Jail.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/20HajXG ) King said Thursday that repeated incarceration for drug offenses linked to Maine’s opioid epidemic has created a “different caliber of inmate.”

King said more sophisticated offenders now sent to the correctional facility have cultivated “a prison mentality in a county jail.”

About half of the inmates in the jail’s general population unit did not take part in the demonstration. Officials are reviewing tape to identify the protest’s leaders.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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