Inmates made good on their promise from earlier this month (when Rikers instituted a new, earlier bedtime) and rioted Monday night in response to the prison's interference with the most sacred of bonds: the one we share with television. "They went nuts because they are being locked up at 9 p.m. and missing all of their favorite TV shows," a Department of Corrections source told the New York Post.
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Inmates had been allowed to stay up until 11 p.m. and usually huddled around flat-screen TVs in the common area to watch shows such as "Criminal Minds" and sexy Spanish telenovelas, jail sources said.
But the Department of Corrections cut a chunk of inmates' favorite tube time because the most violent outbursts erupt between 9 and 11 p.m., jail sources said.
According to the New York Daily News, 68 inmates refused to return to their cells, and were pepper sprayed by correctional officers.
"Some of them have been there a long time and the new rule is confusing to them," a Rikers source told the Post. "They don't have enough to do anyway and now brass is taking away nightly TV privileges."
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