Public Safety Secretary: Inmates In Shirley Prison Riot Were ‘Getting Ready For War’

SHIRLEY (CBS/AP) – Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett said the inmates in the Shirley prison riot Monday were “getting ready for war” before it was stopped.

Video and images of the destruction from the riot at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility were made public Tuesday.

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The Department of Corrections said 46 inmates in the P-1 Housing Unit at the maximum security prison refused to be locked in their cells Monday afternoon after two fights broke out.

Corrections officers were pulled from the unit and the inmates began destroying it for three hours using makeshift weapons and fire extinguishers.

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The photos show extensive damage – sections of the ceiling destroyed, sprinkler systems ruined, computers and cameras smashed apart, trash scattered, glass shattered, empty cells, burn marks on the floors, chairs overturned and the weapons recovered.

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Surveillance video shows officers attempting to get the inmates in their cells and then the inmates destroying the unit when the officers evacuated. The video also shows an inmate attempting to gain access to a cell that housed an inmate who had been locked in before the riot.

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The unit is a total loss, according to authorities.

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The inmates gave up after police flooded the unit with pepper spray.

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

No serious injuries were reported.

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

Some of the inmates involved are first and second degree murderers, authorities said.

Weapons from the prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

Weapons from the prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

Inmates who live in the unit were moved to other wings and those who were actively involved in the altercation were sent to other facilities that have segregation space.

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The inmates involved will face disciplinary sanctions and criminal charges could be filed.

Convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is an inmate at the prison, but a source told WBZ-TV he was not in the unit where the incident occurred.

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  1. Bob Babineau says:

    Should have been a live fire exercise. Save the taxpayers some money.

  2. Should have lit the place on fire and let it burn while broadcasting it into every jail and prison in the rest of the US. Any liberal bas turd that complained should have been thrown in with them.

  3. A good place to test a tactical nuke.

  4. tngilmer says:

    Its all ok. They will just seize more money from the taxpayers to rebuild and continue coddling these thugs.

  5. Obama is ready to give the rioters pardon before he leaves office; he did say he was going to early release “certain” convicted drug dealers

  6. Don’t spend a penny of taxpayer’s money to fix the damage

  7. A $1.00 bullet for every inmate responsible works for me.

  8. Let them live with the mess. Cut off gym activity and make them WORK. I never could understand why we make these prisons like a hotel. They’ve nothing to do but build their muscles so they can, when released, go out and hurt others. It’s crazy. Make prison time unbearable, perhaps they’ll think twice before being part of an revolving door..

  9. They wanted the place to look just like home. Just pick up the pieces and move them back in. Nothing to burn here folks, they don’t need no stinking fire extinguishers!

  10. Tom Ronson says:

    The guards should have used shotguns with #7 birdshot. Shoot them in the legs and they stop acting up.
    These 46 men should be put in solitary for a year. only allowed out of the cell for one hour a day.
    No tv no nothing.

  11. A platoon sized group of primitively armed, untrained, prisoners with chips on their shoulders are in no position to declare war on anyone.

  12. Chip Rock says:

    “The unit is a total loss, according to authorities.”

    Total loss? My four year old twins can make a mess worse than that except for the ceiling being torn down. The twins don’t have a ladder.

  13. Schools will go without gym equipment, no instruments for music classes and no technology so we can pay to tear this down and build a new state-of-the-art facility for these thugs. Time to rethink who you are voting for.

  14. Jack Murphy says:

    Looks like the inside of the NY Giants aircraft after they got back from Green Bay. Maybe these inmates are relatives?

  15. personally I believe if they destroyed it then it should be left destroyed. if the toilets don’t work and they get dysentery and die so be it. I agree should have been a live fire event and just mow them all down. no mattresses to sleep on tough. no blankets to keep warm tough. take their clothing and give them just their underwear to wear. if they destroyed the kitchen ship in sandwiches for them. if the two gang member who are responsible for this are still alive they should be executed in front of the other inmates as an example of what happens if they get out of control. time to stop babying these animals and treat them like what they are animals. If an animal gets disease or ill beyond healing you put them down.

  16. Yes, you guard’s are only babysitters. Read my Book Called “A BIg House for Little Men” I stated back in 2009 in my Novel about Walpole State Prison. History always repeats itself. All the Murders that happen in Walpole happen because the Guards did not do there job. I had Walpole shut down. Inmate will always make a weapon.

    The Guards know when something is going to happen, most times they make it happen because they don’t know how to treat inmates, and the union only wants more Money.

    Michael W. McKay (aka Mikey Thurber).

  17. I Think its funny. all you people out there better wake up. You or a Family member could end up there someday, or just a friend. You have no idea what goes on in prison. The guards make stuff happen all the time. Michael W. McKay (aka Mikey Thurber). Author of “A BIg House for Little Men”

  18. “Two Fingers” by Jake Bugg Listen ad-free with YouTube Red – Everybody needs to check this out. Great song

  19. You know People are so messed up about prisons. You people have no idea about prisons and inmates. but its ok to keep building them and paying Guards more money for Babysitting. you people are so wrong and just wait till one of your family members goes to jail or prison, then you’ll want to contact me, Shirley is just like the old Walpole State Prison.
    The Guards mess with there inmates heads and you watch what happens next. Some guards will go out on workman’s comp, the union will be demanding more money for more guards, this is what they all do in all the max prisons. Check out my novel, called “A Big House for Little Men”
    You’ll all see i’m right

  20. Jive Dadson says:

    Someone does not know what “mayhem” means.

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