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Prisoners force evacuation of jail

Vandalism was cause of flooding, sheriff reports

Maria Martell (left) consoled Katherine Avarado yesterday as they heard prisoners yelling from the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge. They said they had flown from Puerto Rico to visit a relative in jail but were not allowed to see him. Maria Martell (left) consoled Katherine Avarado yesterday as they heard prisoners yelling from the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge. They said they had flown from Puerto Rico to visit a relative in jail but were not allowed to see him. (Maisie Crow for The Boston Globe)
By Matt Collette and Michael Corcoran
Globe Correspondents / July 6, 2009

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CAMBRIDGE - Prisoners at the long-overcrowded Middlesex Jail were evacuated to four other facilities in and around Boston yesterday after nine detainees smashed and ripped apart the fire suppression system, causing massive flooding, according to the Middlesex County sheriff. (Full article: 769 words)

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