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Warden Larry Medlock told the Fayette County Prison Board on Wednesday that the jail was under lockdown overnight last week because of a disturbance in the maximum-security cell block.

Medlock said nine of 19 inmates refused orders to enter their cells for a lockdown Sept. 18 after they didn’t return their eating utensils earlier that evening.

“They get tired of following orders,” he said.

The inmates complied after an evening of vandalism that Medlock said cost about $1,000 to repair. He said inmates damaged a light fixture and some mattresses.

According to Medlock, he confronted the inmates with a “final ultimatum” after assembling about a dozen correctional officers in riot gear.

Medlock said the nine inmates will be charged, and two will face more serious prosecution for splashing bleach into two guards’ eyes.

Both guards are back to work.

Medlock refused to identify the inmates involved in the fracas, but said three of the nine are facing homicide charges.

According to Medlock, some problems stem from state prison inmates who are in the county prison to testify at hearings or trials.

“They seem to think they don’t have to listen (to county prison guards),” Medlock said.

Both Commissioner Ronald Nehls and Sheriff Gary Brownfield commended Medlock for putting an end to the disturbance without violence.

“The staff got the leadership it needed, and they came through with flying colors,” Nehls said.

In other business, Medlock said the prison population is up slightly from last year but holding steady.

“Hopefully it will stay that way,” he said.

Housing for female prisoners remains a problem with 24 women at the facility and only 12 beds available. For now, four women are housed in other county prisons and the remainder are in a bunk-style room in the prison basement.


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