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Inmates face arson charge from Johnson County Jail bed mat fire

Rex Barber, NET News Service • Feb 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Rule changes in the Johnson County Jail upset some inmates enough to set fire to a mattress and destroy property this past week, according to the county sheriff.

Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said four or five inmates were involved in setting the fire, knocking sprinkler heads lose and breaking a $5,000 kiosk on the afternoon of Feb. 19.

The unrest only occurred in one cell block and stemmed from policy changes regarding food and lock down times and really began Feb. 15 with inmates flooding the cell by clogging toilets, Reece said.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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