Monday July 11, 2011

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's correction's commissioner says some of the state's prison inmates being held in Massachusetts will likely face charges in that state after a three-hour riot at a Greenfield jail.

Commissioner Andy Pallito says the riot at the Franklin County Jail and House of Detention that began Thursday night was led by 15 Vermonters being housed there.

The disturbance started at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when the inmates refused to enter their cells. They started throwing furniture, blankets and other items.

Correctional officers used pepper spray and compression grenades to get the inmates to return to their cells.

The inmates will also face Vermont discipline.

The Burlington Free Press reported the inmates were upset because of heat in the jail and a lack of recreational opportunities.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com