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Peaceful Disturbance at Jail Mistaken for Riot

The inmates were eventually persuaded to return to their cells and every prisoner was locked away by 9:30 p.m.

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    Peaceful Disturbance at Jail Mistaken for Riot
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    A disturbance at the York County Jail in Maine that officials say was mischaracterized as a riot drew a large response from law enforcement in towns surrounding the Alfred correctional facility.

    Sheriff William King Jr. says what actually happened was about 30 inmates from the jail's largest unit initiated a peaceful disturbance around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Upset over recent operational changes at the jail, the "passively non-compliant" inmates refused to return to their cells. But when the Sanford Regional Communications Center was contacted, the incident was incorrectly reported as a riot.

    The inmates were eventually persuaded to return to their cells and every prisoner was locked away by 9:30 p.m.

    An investigation is being conducted by jail personnel. Those identified as instigators of the disturbance face administrative sanctions.

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