By Ethan Colbert
Upset by the lack of recreation time and barred from entering a larger recreation area, inmates at the Northeast Correctional Center staged a non-violent sit-down protest Wednesday evening.
“There were some offenders who were coming out of their housing units for recreation time and there were offenders who were going back in after outdoor recreation time,” Karen Pojmann said on Monday in a telephone interview with the Bowling Green Times. Pojmann is the Communications Director for the Missouri Department of Corrections.
According to Pojmann, a number of unidentified inmates at NECC refused to go into their cells and return to their housing units.
“It is hard to pinpoint who exactly was voluntarily participating in this behavior versus who just happened to be in the housing unit where this was happening,” Pojmann said.
After a brief period of time, Pojmann said, the staff at NECC was able to get the inmates to return to their cells. However, as a result of the apparent insubordination, specific housing units of the medium-security prison were placed on lockdown and visiting hours were cancelled over the weekend for inmates residing in the affected housing units.
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