Essex County jail fight sends five guards to the hospital

LEWIS, N.Y. (AP) – Five Essex County jail guards were injured last week during a brawl that authorities say appears to have been organized by a small group of federal inmates.

County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Major David Reynolds says the guards’ injuries were minor, and no inmate injuries were reported from the fight.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department recently made an arrangement with the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal prisoners awaiting trial or sentencing.

County manager Daniel Palmer says surveillance tapes show that four federal inmates appear to have started the fight.



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