>Riot erupts at Savannah youth detention center U.S.A

Posted on June 19, 2010




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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Authorities responded in riot gear after juvenile inmates got out of control at the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center overnight.

Officials said that just after midnight inmates barricaded themselves in a room and lit at least one trash can on fire inside the facility.

Authorities said 11 juveniles held nine others hostage and one of them was beaten and taken to a local hospital. The 11 inmates were taken to the Chatham County Jail overnight for security reasons but were are back to the detention center Thursday, according to authorities.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, Georgia State Patrol and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office’s Correctional Emergency Response Team were all called in for back up. Southside firefighters also responded.

The CERT team entered the facility wearing full riot gear and the inmates surrendered after a few minutes.

According to Steve Hayes, spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice, a full investigation has been launched into what happened and why. He stated that all inmates involved were boys between the ages of 13 to 17.

The investigation could take several weeks, and it could be that long before any charges are filed against those resposible.

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