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  • Youth prison riot did $100,000 damage

  • More than $100,000 in damage was done during last week's riot at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, according to Superintendent Ken Jerin.
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  • More than $100,000 in damage was done during last week's riot at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, according to Superintendent Ken Jerin.
    "A little over $100,000" in property and structural damage, Jerin estimated. Computers and furniture were among the items damaged.
    No one was seriously injured when several youths at the prison refused to comply with directions and employees backed away.
    The number of youths participating in the disturbance might be only nine, down from an initial report that 11 were involved, Jerin said. Those involved have been moved out of the facility, which is at 2001 N.E. F St. Prosecutions of the youths might include felony charges of riot and criminal mischief, Jerin said.
    Thursday was the first day that school at the prison resumed. A couple of employees were still off work late in the week and recovering, Jerin said. One employee had been barricaded in an office for about an hour, until he was evacuated.
    The rioting youths barricaded themselves with furniture in a day room area. Twenty youths, ages 17 and younger, were housed in the unit. Those not participating were evacuated before the rioters surrendered.
    The event started on Oct. 6 at about 8 p.m. and ended before 1 a.m. the next day. It began after prison personnel searched the unit. When youths became unruly, unarmed employees backed out of the unit.
    The youths eventually surrendered after two police special weapons teams and negotiating personnel were summoned.
    Jerin thanked those who responded to the prison that night, including city and state police and fire/rescue personnel.
    "A big thanks," he said Thursday at a meeting of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council. "People made some good decisions very quickly."
    Reach Daily Courier reporter Shaun Hall at 541-474-3813 or shall@thedailycourier.com
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