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.

Citation:

“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.