- 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.



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

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