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Report: Orleans inmates built barricades, set fires during disturbance

(Emily Lane / | The Times-Picayune) (Emily Lane / | The Times-Picayune)

Corrections officials used riot gear and pellet guns to quell a disturbance at the Orleans Parish Jail according to remarks made by an official involved with implementing a federal consent decree at the jail.

A corrections expert brought in to run the jail talked about the incident last night at a court mandated public meeting, according to a report from our partners at | The Times-Picayune.

Gary Maynard said an inmate gained access to a computer March 17th and unlocked the cells of other inmates.

Inmates then stacked furniture in front of doors barricading themselves in.

The New Orleans Fire Department was called out because of paper towels on fire on the adjoining recreation yard.

Officers eventually stormed the maximum-security tier armed with riot shields, pellet guns and batons and forced inmates back into their cells.

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