Crisp inmate’s jailhouse fire earns new charges

Criminal charges begin to pile for Juwon Allen after his sexual battery arrest

CORDELE, GA – A Crisp County Detention Center inmate has a slew of new charges to face after reportedly admitting to a fire he ignited inside his jail cell over the weekend.

Jail officials say Crisp County Fire Rescue and EMS arrived at the facility shortly after 1am Saturday after 26 year old Juwon Vontravious Allen started a fire by using wires from a nearby television.

Authorities say Allen admitted to the fire in response to his complaints not being addressed by jail staff.

Allen now faces new charges which include Arson-1st Degree, Reckless Conduct, Criminal Damages to Property- 1st Degree, Criminal Trespass, Interference with Government Property, Riot in Penal Institution, and Aggravated Assault.

Sheriff Billy Hancock appreciates the rapid response from his staff,  “I applaud the men and women inside the Crisp County Detention Center for their quick response in moving inmates inside the cell to safety and extinguish the fire.”

No one was hurt during the incident.

Jail officials say the latest charges are in addition to what Allen originally was initially facing, which include sexual battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.