Yo. prison demonstration ends peacefully; jail remains locked down

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Sources at the Youngstown Police Department have told WKBN that a demonstration by inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center ended peacefully early Wednesday morning.

Tuesday morning, about 140 inmates refused to come in from an outside recreation area in a show of protest against what they say is poor food service.

CCA issued a statement on the incident Wednesday afternoon:

Overnight, staff at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center secured a peaceful resolution to an incident in which a group of inmates on the smaller recreation yard refused orders to return to their cells. All inmates have now peacefully exited the recreation yard and are secured in their cells. At no time did any incidents of violence occur, and the community was not in danger. All staff and inmates are accounted for. The facility is secured and remains in lockdown as a precautionary measure while an investigation is conducted. Facility management notified its partner, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and kept officials apprised through the duration of the incident.

According to a police report, YPD received a call from Ligia Cabrera, who said she heard from her nephew Hector Mercedes, who said there was a riot going on at the jail.

YPD officers then contacted a warden at the correctional center, who informed them of the 140 inmates protesting the food service.

A judge sentenced Mercedes to 9 years in federal prison in 2011 after he was indicted earlier that year on charges of possessing and distributing substances including cocaine, according to federal court documents.

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