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Deputies called to help calm upset inmates at juvenile detention center

Three inmates at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville were placed in maximum security cells late Tuesday night after they were causing problems and damaging cell windows.  

Deputies with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist detention center officers after the three continued to yell and curse at facility personnel and refused to obey commands.

The three inmates — ages 14, 15 and 16 — said they were upset because they did not get their “rotation.” A rotation is time outside of program and school hours where inmates can watch television, play games or talk on the phone.

After deputies quietened the situation, they wrote the three male inmates citations for disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief — both misdemeanors.

Juvenile detention authorities said activities at the center were normal today, and the three male juveniles were back on good behavior.

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