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Michigan Officials Unsure Whether Prison Uprising Was 'Riot'

Michigan Officials Unsure Whether Prison Uprising Was 'Riot'

October 04, 2017 12:05 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials are unsure whether to label a prison uprising last year in the Upper Peninsula as a "riot."

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The Detroit Free Press reports that inmates were involved in a disturbance at Kinross Correctional Facility in September 2016. Inmates say the uprising was in response to low prison wages, low-quality food and other complaints.

Prison officials insist the disturbance wasn't a riot. Corrections officers say they didn't lose control of the prison. But an official labeled it a riot last month when rejecting a former prisoner's compensation claim for personal items that disappeared during the disturbance.

A Corrections Department spokesman maintains the official mistakenly used that label.

The Corrections Department's concept of a riot differs from Michigan criminal law. State law only requires participation by "three or more individuals."

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Information from: Detroit Free Press


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