York County Jail, Alfred, Maine
April 13, 2016
At least half of the 79 prisoners in general population refuse to go to their cells in a “non-violent protest” of recent policy changes at the jail. Initially “mischaracterized as a riot” according to Sheriff William King, the protest brings emergency response teams and ambulances. After one-hour the prisoners return to their cells.
King blames a “prison mentality” for the protest, because so many prisoners are repeat heroin offenders. His staff reviews security camera footage to identify the protest leaders.
“Inmates with ‘prison mentality’ blamed for York County Jail standoff”, Portland Press Hearld, April 15, 2016.
“Sheriff says York County Jail incident wasn’t a riot”, Bangor Daily News, April 14, 2016.
“Incident at York County Jail draws quick response”, The Rochester Voice, April 14, 2016.