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Inmates involved in weekend prison disturbance identified

May 15, 2018

CAMERON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say the inmates involved in a weekend disturbance at a northwest Missouri prison have been identified, searched and may be referred for prosecution.

Missouri Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann says the dining halls, kitchen, storage areas, staff offices and a vocational area at the Crossroads Correctional Center were damaged but that there were no serious injuries. The disturbance began around 8:10 p.m. Saturday when 209 inmates refused to return to their housing units because they were frustrated that staffing shortages were leading to reduced time for recreation and other programming.

Pojmann says 131 of the inmates surrendered and that staff vacated the building. The remaining 78 inmates caused damage before order was restored around 2 a.m. Sunday. The prison in Cameron houses about 1,400 medium- and maximum-security inmates.

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