LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A state official says a smoking ban has
been lifted at a Kentucky prison that was the site of a fiery riot
last week, but inmates are no longer allowed to keep matches or
lighters with them.
Jennifer Brislin of the Justice Cabinet says the ban was lifted
this week at Northpoint Training Center in Burgin. Smoking had been
banned there since the Aug. 21 riot in which inmates set fire to
several buildings, many of them possibly beyond repair.
Also Friday, Brislin confirmed many of the buildings at the
prison did not have sprinkler systems, but those weren't required
under the fire code. There was a sprinkler system in the kitchen,
and all buildings had working fire extinguishers and alarms.
The prison also conducted fire drills every three months, she
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