Minnesota jail in lockdown as 100 inmates refuse to return to cells
By James Gregory
A jail in the US state of Minnesota has been placed under emergency lockdown after about 100 inmates refused to return to their cells.
Members of a crisis negotiation team were deployed to the Stillwater correctional facility on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the state's Department of Corrections (DOC) said the reasons behind the incident "remains unclear".
But advocates say the move is in protest over prison conditions.
Excessive heat, limited access to showers and ice and unclean drinking water are among the reasons cited for the incident which took place in one of the facility's living units on Sunday.
Extra police units, firefighters and other emergency teams are stationed outside the facility in Baywater, about 25 miles (40km) east of the state's largest city Minneapolis.