ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of federal detainees protested at a private prison on Wednesday, reportedly growing frustrated over their time in quarantine.
According to a spokesman for CoreCivic, the private company that runs the prison, six U.S. Marshals Service detainees at the Cibola County Correctional Center northwest of Grants were involved in the uproar.
The facility has almost 300 cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The detainees who protested had been on medical quarantine for 14 days, which was scheduled to be lifted Thursday if no one displayed symptoms.
Spokesman Ryan Gustin said detainees “blocked the pod door, covered the windows and cameras, and refused to comply with verbal directives provided by facility staff in protest of their COVID-19 medical cohort/quarantine status.”