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Cascade County jail riot caused $22,000 in damage

Posted at 9:11 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 23:11:25-04

GREAT FALLS- More information has been released about what happened during the July riot at the Cascade County Detention Center.

According to court documents, several inmates stated the riot was planned and some inmates dressed in preparation for something to take place in N-Pod.

One inmate said he heard others say “something crazy was going to happen.”

Several inmates stated the riot started after one inmate told others that a deputy told them to lock down or they would make them.

Inmates broke sprinklers, cell doors, ceiling tiles, cameras, and they covered vents to stop pepper spray from being released.

The information in the charging documents is a combination of interviews and about 20 minutes of video footage before the cameras were broken.

According to Commander Dan O’Fallon, the inmates caused $22,378.21 worth of damage during the riot.

N-Pod is currently fully operational, but the cell doors still need to be fully fixed and the sprinklers also need some work.

As of Tuesday, the jail population sits at 440 inmates.

Story by Margaret DeMarco, MTN News