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Inmates' families request legislators investigate Northpoint riot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Relatives of inmates at a prison where a
fiery August riot caused extensive damage are asking for a state
legislative investigation into the discipline that's been meted
out.
The Advocate-Messenger newspaper reported Thursday that Suzette
Raybeck of New Albany, Ind., sent a letter to members of the
Interim Joint Committee on the Judiciary and other state officials
in Frankfort.
Raybeck asked for more specific evidence against those who
Northpoint Training Center officials say participated in the riot.
She included an Internet petition with the names of 123 people
claiming to be family members of inmates.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections says 170
inmates have been charged in the riot, and the investigation is
continuing.
Lisa Lamb says the department has not had time to review the
letter and petition.
The riot on Aug. 21 at the medium-security facility near Burgin,
about 30 miles south of Lexington, injured eight prisoners and
eight workers. Damage to the prison was so severe that some 700
inmates had to be transferred.
In November, a state panel investigating the riot reported it
found inmates began setting fire to trash cans in reaction to a
partial lockdown and planned restrictions on their movement.
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Information from: The Advocate-Messenger, http://www.amnews.com

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