Kentucky officials say that Corrections Corporation of America, which owns the prison in Beattyville where inmates rioted Sept. 14, should be fined $10,000 for failing to have enough properly trained officers to respond to the uprising, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. A new state report said the riot grew larger than most inmates had intended and “was created by a lack of communication up and down the chain of command and too many changes within a short period of time.” The riot involving Kentucky and Vermont inmates ended without serious injury or escapes.
It’s the first time the state has sought to fine a private prison operator. CCA owns and runs the 800-inmate Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville. “We will pay that fine,” said Louise Chickering, spokeswoman for CCA, based in Nashville, Tenn. In February, Lee housed 523 Kentucky prisoners. By Sept. 14, it had about 800, more than half from Vermont.