From the article: “[Officials] said the riot was sparked after inmates rebelled when prison authorities launched a sweep of the facility in search of illicit weapons. Authorities had swept to “completely disarm” the prisoners after receiving a tip-off that prison gangs were readying to fight, she said.”
The article states that the prison system was originally built to hold 14,000, but currently holds 50,000. Yikes.
Read the article here.