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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Inmates briefly take control of part of Oregon youth prison

The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Authorities say 11 inmates rioted at a youth prison in Southern Oregon, taking over a portion of the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass for several hours.

Superintendent Ken Jerin told the Grants Pass Daily Courier (http://bit.ly/19vEFPS ) that one guard had to barricade himself in an office Sunday night until police and guards regained control. Two other guards backed out and locked down the quadrant.

Jerin says two SWAT teams and negotiators were called in, and the last youth gave up shortly after midnight. A day room was “trashed,” but no one was seriously injured.

During the incident, someone identifying himself as an inmate called The Grants Pass Daily Courier and said there was a riot.

Jerin said the cause of the riot was under investigation.

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