WCCF on lockdown after inmate fights

Published 11:19 am Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WOODVILLE — The Wilkinson County Correctional Facility is on lockdown following multiple altercations between inmates Tuesday night. Twenty-three inmates were treated for injuries.

According to a new release from the prison, which houses Mississippi state inmates, prison staff members responded to multiple inmate fights in multiple housing areas of the prison at approximately 8:45 p.m.

The disturbances were contained within an hour, according to the release.

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Three inmates had to be transported to area hospitals for treatment, and as of Wednesday morning two of them had been returned to the prison.

Twenty other inmates received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at the prison.

“Per standard protocol, the facility’s trained emergency response team was activated and is on-site. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections were notified and have been on site at the facility,” the news release said. “At no time was public safety at risk as facility staff responded quickly to contain and resolve the incident.”

No staff injuries were reported.

Wilkinson County Correctional Facility is a 1,000-bed prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America. The prisoners housed there are Mississippi Department of Corrections inmates.

The CCA prison in Adams County, Adams County Correctional Center, was the site of an inmate riot that resulted in the death of a correctional officer in late May. ACCC houses federal immigration prisoners.