Nova Scotia

2nd disturbance at Sydney jail draws police

Another dormitory has been damaged at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility in Sydney by an unruly prisoner.

Another dormitory has been damaged at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility in Sydney by an unruly prisoner.

Dan Harrison, spokesman for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, said one inmate broke two sprinkler heads in the jail Sunday evening.

He described the damage as minor.

"We expect that charges will be laid, but we haven't done so yet," Harrison told CBC News on Monday.

Cape Breton Regional Police were called to the medium-security jail as backup.

Harrison said the incident doesn't appear to be connected to a disturbance in another cellblock last week.

Three inmates barricaded the doors of a 13-bed dormitory and damaged property early Thursday. Justice officials said the inmates had make-shift weapons.

That disturbance ended three hours later when correctional staff used stun guns on two of the unruly inmates.

Harrison said both incidents are under investigation.

"The facility is not overcrowded," he said. "This is a jail, a correctional facility, and incidents happen from time to time."

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