SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Jail suffered some damage Friday night after a three-hour disturbance in which almost 50 inmates began yelling and flooding their cells.
Jail Commander Jerry Brady said and entire wing of inmates on the 6th floor wanting more time out of their cells, and to be moved to a different area of the jail, became discontent around 11:00 p.m. A ceiling and several light fixtures were damaged during the incident.
Corrections staff covered the inmates' cell door windows with magnetic covers and used a half dozen large vacuum cleaners to drown out their yelling.
The disturbance subsided around 3:00 a.m.
20-year old Daniel M. Campbell, who was being held on felony counts of Possession of Controlled Substance and Second-Degree Assault, was charged Saturday morning with Second-Degree Malicious Mischief.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich attributed the disturbance to overcrowding at the jail, saying that being placed in maximum security was no longer a sufficient punishment because inmates actually prefer to be there since they get more free time.
Staff are still assessing the facility for unseen damage and say they probably won't know the total cost of damages until Monday.