The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Response Team entered the jail in Blountville on Monday night to quell a disturbance from allegedly unruly inmates.
SCSO Public Information officer Leslie Earhart said the disturbance began at approximately 9:30 p.m., consisting of 75 inmates in three adjacent cells. They were reportedly cursing officers, shaking their cell bars and kicking walls.
Earhart says the inmates were upset over new policies at the correctional facility, including a recent ban on parcels shipped to incarcerated individuals. Due to the amount of contraband senders and inmates were trying to smuggle into the jail, according to Earhart, inmates are now allowed to receive only postcards.