Inmates testify to pre-riot conditions

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Vermont inmates being held at a Kentucky prison where a riot occurred last month have told a legislative panel they were subjected to difficult living conditions. But Corrections Commissioner Steve Gold says the conditions that helped spark the riot have improved since the firing of the previous warden.

And Gold says many inmates feel the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, Kentucky, is better than the Virginia prison where they had been serving time. At a hearing on Wednesday in Montpelier, inmate David Rivers said by telephone that officials in Kentucky made up false charges against inmates as a way of punishing them.

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