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story.lead_photo.caption The Jefferson County sheriff's office is investigating after a riot involving 80 inmates caused thousands of dollars in damage. - Photo by Jefferson County sheriff's office

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating Thursday after a jail riot involving 80 inmates caused thousands of dollars in damage, officials said.

After contraband was found inside the Jefferson County jail, officials recently tightened security and inmates lost a “list of privileges,” and inmates displayed their frustration by destroying their living quarters, Jefferson County sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. said in a news release.

Surveillance camera footage showed at least one inmate, who blocked his identity with a shirt or blanket, cover one of two cameras in an open jail pod with what appeared to be water-soaked toilet paper, Woods said.

After the inmates began destroying property, jail officials called for assistance from local law enforcement, he said.

“It is unknown how long the disturbance and damage to property lasted,” Woods said.

No injuries were reported, and an internal investigation by the criminal investigation division is underway.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • Murphy01
    July 30, 2015 at 11:18 a.m.


  • mitchstoner
    July 30, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.

    That Sheriff in Arizona has the right idea. Put them in tents in a fenced compound out in the desert. He tells them "Our soldiers in the Mideast are working in heat worse than this, and they have to hump 80 lbs of gear. This won't hurt you." If they try to escape they'll just die. I bet he has few discipline problems.

  • Longhaul
    July 30, 2015 at 12:57 p.m.

    Mitchstoner; What you said is the same thing I was going to say. I would think after about 2 or 3 days in this weather they would change frigging mind, and be glad to get back inside to the A/C that the taxpayers of Jefferson county are paying for.

  • rarebird
    July 30, 2015 at 3:11 p.m.

    Agree with you guys !' Sheriff Joe Arpayo wouldn't put up with this crap fora minute inmates would suffer big time!!

  • BBbendknee
    July 30, 2015 at 5:04 p.m.

    rarebird more than one of those 80 inmates are likely in jail just because they are poor. Some are prison bound, yet some are just waiting for a court date that may or may not ever happen, i.e. they are innocent citizens being denied their liberty; imagine how this would make you feel. Then to have what few privileges they might have suspended because they are forced to live with desperate people who have nothing to lose; imagine how that must be. What if some are disabled with a doctor script for proper bed, but oh that is a privilege and the script gets lost. And never mind the heat what happens when that air conditioner turns into a refrigeration unit; it happens. rarebird I plead with all humanity be cautious who you wish your suffering upon. God does know and will be visiting your judgments upon yourselves sooner than you might expect.

  • BBbendknee
    July 30, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.

    You think your heart won't break
    You think your heart won't break cause you don't believe in love
    but , i can guaranty, when push comes to shove
    You'll be down on your knees begging for some
    every knee will bow when Lord Jesus come
    Now all you do is take take you think the world belongs to you
    think you are so special you don't need to be true
    you just keep on thinking thats just what you do
    when loves all there is won't be none for you
    When your heart is breaking, you can't find no relief
    the only choice left for you is pain or belief
    you'll turn to Jesus with tears in your eyes
    say Lord Jesus i need some love in my life
    think your heart won't break cause you don't believe in love
    I can guaranty there's a power up above
    that says it will it surely will
    your heart will keep on breaking 'till you learn to give
    Christ says you must believe in Love
    if you want to live

  • HM2
    July 30, 2015 at 7:17 p.m.

    BBbendknee you sir are a blithering idiot, rich poor black white, if you act like an animal you get treated like an animal. I would lock them in the mess they made and make them live in it for at least thirty days. If they want to continue to riot let them. If they start a fire, fine, it might get warm in there. leave the AC off. Keep the guards armed to the hilt and ready to respond to any threat with deadly force, that's all animals understand. Let them stew in their own waste for a good long time , they made it they clean it up , they live in it.

  • mitchstoner
    July 30, 2015 at 7:41 p.m.

    These days, treat prisoners that way and there will be lawsuits, and many judges and juries will buy into the argument that the prisoners' Constitutional tights were violated. So then we taxpayers get the bill.

    While treating animals like animals is appropriate in my book, the rules have greatly changed.

  • HM2
    July 30, 2015 at 7:49 p.m.

    Yeh Mitch I know we can't treat them that way, but how bout doing like on the good old plantation? tie their worthless bodies to a tree then use a good old blacksnake whip on them until their hide falls off.

  • eagle22
    July 30, 2015 at 8:44 p.m.

    Some of the old jails in the USA (Baltimore, MD, for example) don't have AC so why do these jerks think they are entitled to it. If you poop in your nest...guess what? You get to live in it. Turn off the AC and let them clean it up. For those who didn't join in the are know by the company you keep. Find some new friends to hang out with.

    If you don't like the living conditions in jail (smart people don't) stay out of trouble.