Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S. - 130 inmates in two segregation units at the Roxbury Correctional Institution took part in a 30-hour protest over oppressive living conditions. The protest began when the prisoners refused to return their breakfast trays and blocked their cell door windows, which guards use to monitor them. The demonstration ended at noon the next day when correctional officers forced their cell doors open. The prison warden Harry Mowen met with the inmates and agreed to consider their demands, which includes lessening the restrictions on personal items allowed into cells.