Maui jail staff describe actions and fear during riot

WAILUKU, Hawaii — Staff at a Maui jail say they were “scared for our lives” during a riot by inmates earlier this month.

The Maui News reported Tuesday that the staff members wrote a letter to the newspaper Friday describing inmates damaging their cells and modules and setting fires in attempts to “burn officers alive in the control boxes” during the March 11 riot.

Staff members who wish to remain anonymous say toxic smoke and severe flooding filled the jail modules, but corrections officers “took down unruly inmates, securing and extracting them one at a time” over eight hours.

The letter says 214 inmates from four modules were involved in the riot.

Hawaii Department of Public Safety officials say the riot involved 42 inmates and lasted three and a half hours.


Information from: The Maui News,


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