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MCCC on Lockdown Due to Inmate Disturbance. Situation Under Control

April 29, 2015, 9:33 AM HST
* Updated April 29, 9:41 AM
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Maui Community Correctional Center.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Maui Community Correctional Center. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

A lockdown was initiated at the Maui Community Correctional Center in Wailuku following an inmate disturbance during breakfast this morning, public safety officials said.

The incident was reported at around 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say staff at the facility immediately implemented crisis response procedures to peacefully end the situation within a half-hour.

Authorities say the inmates were sent back, and returned to their cells without incident, and a lockdown was initiated. No injuries were reported, and officials say, at no time was the public at risk. The cause of the disturbance remains under investigation.

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The module where this happened has a total double-cell capacity of 48 inmates; however, DPS officials have confirmed that the current headcount in that module is 81 inmates.

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“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 in a press statement. “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 Community Correctional Center 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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