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Prison walkout short-lived

KINGMAN - Around 300 inmates at the Arizona State Prison staged a walkout Saturday over cleanliness requirements, officials said.

The 300 inmates were all from the same dorm in the Hualapai unit and walked out into the yard all at once, raising red flags among the guards, said Issa Arnita, information officer for Management and Training Corporation that operates the private prison.

He said the walkout occurred during the hours that the inmates are able to move freely between the dorms and the yard

The inmates were reportedly upset over what Arnita called "grooming issues," or the cleanliness standards inmates are held to as required by the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Arnita said a complex administrator was sent to speak with the inmates, who were reportedly satisfied with his response and returned to their dorm 30 minutes after the walkout started.