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May 05, 1982 - Image 16

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take over
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also injured during the takeover, but
none required hospitalization.
This latest disturbance comes on the
heels of a homicide at the facility six
months ago, and two separate incidents
of assault upon staff members the night
prior to the riot.
"THE NATURE of the unit makes it
very volatile," said Huron Valley ad-
ministrative assistant Ray Toombs,
adding that inmates still held keys to
the unit which they had abducted from
the guards.
Grant said that as long as the inmates
held keys apprehended during the
disturbance, they retained the ability to
control the unit.
According to Grant, of the 42 inmates
housed in the unit, some locked them-
selves in their cells, refusing to par-
ticipate in the disturbance, while others
refused to leave the commandeered
unit and had to be forcibly removed.
Grant said that no shots were fired
while officers regained control of the
unit, and commended those officers in-
volved for acting with professionalism.
The facility, which opened last fall, is
called an extremely progressive prison
by many corrections administrators. It
employs several high technology
devices to make escape difficult and to
isolate disturbances.
In.addition to recreational programs,
the facility offers a wide range of
educational and vocational training
classes. They include auto body repair,
appliance repair, upholstering,
building maintenance, and office skills.
The facility also contains a library.
gymnasium, theatre, and store.
Daily photos by
Brian Masck
a window that was smashed in the

AN ARMED GUARD keeps watch over the compound from one of the prison A MAINTENANCE WORKER repairs
towers. melee.

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