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Riot Hits FCI Sheridan

On Sep. 2, 1993, a riot broke out at the overcrowded FCI in Sheridan, OR. According to a report in The Columbian , of Sep. 3, 1993, an office building at the four year old medium security prison was burned to the ground after 20 to 30 prisoners stormed out of the recreation area armed with baseball bats and pool cues. It took guards about two hours to regain control. The prison was subsequently locked down for officials to investigate the reason for the riot.

The prison was designed to hold 756 prisoners and holds 1,297. One guard suffered a broken wrist and two other guards and several prisoners suffered cuts and bruises. According to FCI-Sheridan spokesman Robert Palmquist, "The officers were injured while running away from rioting inmates and they were caught in the melee." "We do not think there was any attempt to do harm to staff."

The 3,500 square foot building that was destroyed was worth at least $185,000. There was also less extensive fire and water damage to the prison chapel and recreation complex.

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