Jun 23, 2022

Sheriff: Inmates cause disturbance over meals at Clay Co. Jail

Posted Jun 23, 2022 1:30 PM

CLAY COUNTY—A specially trained tactical team was deployed and restored order after inmates caused a disturbance and refused to lock down in the Clay County Detention Center Wednesday night.

At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday inmates in dayrooms H and G became upset over being served pre-packaged meals for dinner, according to a media release.

They demanded hot meals instead. The prepackaged meals meet all required standards for calories and nutrition and were served in lieu of hot meals due to visitations and optional educational and religious programming taking place inside the Detention Center Wednesday.

This freed up staff to facilitate the visits and programming and allowed the inmates a convenient option to take with them to these events.

Inmates in dayrooms H and G began causing a disturbance and violating jail rules, at which time staff ordered them to lock down. When they refused, commanders deployed the Detention Emergency Response Team.

This team is specially trained in tactics to de-escalate detention disturbances and keep inmates and staff safe. They were able to safely bring the 11 inmates in dayroom H under control. Dayroom H is the highest-security dayroom in the Detention Center.

The 20 inmates in Dayroom G continued to refuse to lock down. Commanders then deployed the Special Tactics and Response Team, which brought even more resources. The deputies assigned to this team were able to convince inmates to return to their cells and lock down just before 9:30p.m.