Maui jail penalizes 18 inmates involved in riot and fire

Maui jail penalizes 18 inmates involved in riot and fire
A riot in March at Maui Community Correction Center left behind significant damage. (Image: Department of Public Safety)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii jail has penalized 18 prisoners for their participation in a riot that caused millions of dollars in damage.

The Maui News reported Wednesday that the Maui Community Correctional Center assessed fines of $2,716 each against inmates found guilty of rioting and setting fires in March.

The state Department of Public Safety says inmates who were only found guilty of setting fires were each assessed $1,358 fines.

Authorities say damages beyond the fires included tearing nonworking phones off walls and ransacking cells.

Jail staff and inmates say they feared for their lives as fights broke out and smoke and water filled the modules.

Officials say the inmates were sanctioned under corrections administration policies regarding misconduct violations.

Fine payments will be deposited in the state’s general fund.

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