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About 150 Inmates Escape From Indonesian Prison

From the article: “Prison directorate spokesman Akbar Hadi said the inmates forced their way out from Tanjung Gusta Prison in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, while others set the prison’s offices on fire.”

Umm…who were the guys who were like, “Well, I could leave…naah, I’ll just set some stuff on fire.”

What might have caused the riot, you ask?

Hadi said about 15 officers were being held captive inside the prison. It holds about 2,400 prisoners but media reports say its normal capacity is 400.

2,400 prisoners in a prison for 400?  That sounds safe.  But wait, there’s more!

The riot appeared to have been triggered by a blackout that knocked out the pumps that supplied water to the prison, leaving inmates without water since Thursday morning, Hadi said in a text message.

Well, I can see what they might have been a mite perturbed by.  I also love that he does his press releases via text message.  Clearly, child labor laws continue to be violated in Indonesia.

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S. Africa: Inmates hold prison officials at S.African jail

From the article: “Inmates took prison officials hostage on Monday at a privately operated maximum security jail in central South Africa, officials said.”

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Hostage Prison Guard Saved By Inmates’ Contraband Cell Phones

From the article: “A South Carolina prison guard was released late last night following a tense five-hour standoff, after inmates using contraband cell phones tipped off authorities that the injured officer was being held hostage in a broom closet.”

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