23 Aug 2017 – A riot broke out at Yatala Labour Prison in South Australia about 3.30pm on Tuesday in the B Division of the high security jail.
The eight-hour riot eventually ended with prisoners demanding guards order them Domino’s Pizzas to end the violence.
Prisoners barricaded themselves inside a cell, lit fires with matches, ripped cell doors off the hinges and smashed appliances before reportedly negotiating with guards to end the protest in exchange for 20 pizzas.
Authorities announced the protest ended shortly before midnight, around the time the pizza delivery car arrived at the prison.
When probed about the delivery, the Domino’s delivery man told journalists that ‘a variety of different pizzas’ were ordered.
Special Tasks and Rescue officers were called to the prison to assist guards with negotiations. Authorities insisted the delivery was ordered for the guards and not for the rioting inmates.
No staff or prisoners were injured during the riot, but there was significant damage to the precinct, with at least 23 beds rendered unusable.
Correctional Services Department Chief Executive David Brown said the riot started because some of the prisoners were unhappy with arrangements to move them to another area within the prison.
South Australia police said they were investigating the incident. Saying the prisoners responsible could face charges or be moved to a different prison.
Prisoners involved were transferred to the maximum security division of the prison on Wednesday.