Inmates in Module A at the Maui Community Correctional Center refused to return to their cells briefly Tuesday afternoon, triggering an emergency response from the jail staff, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
According to a written statement from the department, the incident began at about 2 p.m., and “staff immediately activated their emergency response teams to deescalate the situation. It was quickly contained and order restored by 2:45 p.m.”
Staff reported that chemical irritants such as pepper spray were used, and the department said Maui Police were put on standby for assistance as a precaution.
“Staff followed their training to quash the attempted disturbance fast. I commend them for effectively and professionally returning calm to the module during these trying times,” said Maria Cook, deputy director for administration.
Inmates are still being evaluated by medical staff for any possible injuries and “a couple” of correctional officers did report minor injuries, according to the statement from the department. “There was no major damage to the module. The module is in order and ready for dinner service.”
Maui police will handle a criminal investigation into the incident, and an internal investigation will be conducted by corrections officials, according to the department.