ADELAIDE, Australia — Prisoners rioting at an Australian prison surrendered Friday, 24 hours after chasing away guards and climbing to the rooftop to denounce overcrowding and ill treatment at the jail, police said. Police brokered an agreement with the 39 prisoners in the high-security compound of the Port Augusta Prison, about 200 miles north of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
They made no demands during the standoff but wanted “some recognition that they think there is a problem,” South Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Graeme Barton told reporters. The riot began Thursday afternoon after an outdoor recreation session was canceled. Inmates used makeshift weapons to break windows, air conditioners and computers before taking to the roof.