Burn Baby Burn
Why smoking bans in prisons always go up in smoke
The July introduction of smoking bans in prisons triggered a prison riot of historical scale and intensity in the Australian state of Victoria. Twelve hours before the ban commenced, outraged prisoners lit fires and caused $10 million worth of damage to prison property. Authorities retaliated with tear gas and firearms in a bid to control the chaos. Corrections Victoria chief Jan Shuard said that a violent inmate reaction was unexpected. But did the riot really come as a shock to authorities?