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Maui prison goes into lockdown after disturbance

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A disturbance during breakfast at Maui Community Correctional Center Wednesday resulted in a half-hour lockdown.

The cause of the 6:40 a.m. disturbance is under investigation, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Maui inmates returned to their cells without incident.

No injuries were reported.  

The area where the disturbance occurred has a total double-cell capacity of 48 inmates.  The current headcount in that module is 81 inmates.

“We make no secret of the fact that our facilities are overcrowded. Our correctional staff immediately went into action to de-escalate the situation, maintaining constant control despite the overcrowded conditions in that module,” said Nolan Espinda, Public Safety Director. “They go through extensive crisis response training, they were prepared, and I couldn’t be more proud of them for a job well done”

The Maui prison houses pre-trial detainees and provides reintegration programs to sentenced felons and parole violators who will be released on Maui at the end of their sentences. 

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