Inmates protest by setting mattresses on fire

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    Inmates in four cells at the Maximum Security Prison set their mattresses on fire around 9am today.

    According to the T&T Prison Service, information reaching the Commissioner is that the prisoners were protesting their recent transfer to the Wayne Jackson Building at the facility.

    It says a tense situation developed, however the fire was immediately extinguished and things are back to a state of normalcy, though some minor damages are being assessed.

    Prisons Commissioner Dennis Pulchan refuted claims of any riot at the prison, adding that it was not uncommon or illegal for prisoners to be transferred from one facility to another.

    He says it is done so based on classification, availability of space, and risk factors.

    Commissioner Pulchan is assuring that the matter is under control and the necessary arrangements would be made to ascertain the concerns of the prisoners.