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|Riot a 'nightmare' for prison officials|
Concordia Parish Sheriff Randy Maxwell said the prison riot in Adams County this weekend was a "nothing short of a nightmare."
The violence Sunday at the Adams County Correctional Center resulted in the death of 24-year-old correctional officer Catlin Carithers and injuries to others. Some were taken hostage before later being released.
Officials regained control of the facility by late Sunday night.
The 2,567-bed prison outside Natchez houses adult male illegal immigrants for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America.
In Concordia, two correctional facilities house about 1,400 state prisoners.
"What happened there is the worst fear that every sheriff or warden has and these things can escalate," he said. "Normally, you have just a small group that want to participate and then you wind up with 200 to 300 involved, which is apparently what happened over there."
He said corrections officers work constantly to "keep down the pressure" that exists within prison populations.
Maxwell said little information on what happened inside the Adams County prison to spark the riot has been forthcoming.
"I think the FBI and the feds are going to handle this and they are being very tight lipped," he said. "I tell you this is such a tragic thing to happen when you have that young officer killed. I understand he was a fine young man and a very good officer. It's just a shame."
Maxwell said that about two dozen officers from Concordia were on the scene Sunday to assist.
"In addition to our Special Response Team, we had our North and Central Louisiana Task Force on standby," he said. "We could have easily provided 400 to 500 deputies if needed."
According to its website, Nashville, Tenn.-based Correctional Corporation of America was established 25 years ago, houses 75,000 offenders and detainees in 60 facilities.
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