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Male Prisoners Break Into Jail’s Female Quarters for Sex

April 12, 1991

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) _ Eight prisoners broke into the women’s section of the Macomb County Jail and had sex with eight female inmates, authorities said.

The incident was discovered when the male inmates scrambled back to make bed check Tuesday night, jail administrator Donald Amboyer said.

The male inmates awaiting transfer to the Phoenix Correctional Facility in Plymouth. They broke into a closet, shimmied down a plumbing shaft to a closet one floor below and broke knobs off a door there to get into the women’s section, Amboyer said.

They stayed in the women’s quarters about a half hour, Sheriff William H. Hackel said.

″There’s no question that they had sex,″ Hackel said. ″It was consensual.″

Hackel said the jail’s 70 female prisoners will be moved to a nearby rehabilitation center.

Female prisoners had been moved to the rehabilitation center after a similar episode in 1987. Hackel said prison officers recently convinced him that it was safe to move the women back.

Sheriff’s officials refused to say if the prisoners or jailhouse officials faced disciplinary action.

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