Wilkinson prison riot contained

Published 12:12 am Thursday, June 21, 2012

WOODVILLE — Twenty-three inmates were treated for injuries, and the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility is on lockdown after a series of inmate fights broke out Tuesday night.

A news release from the prison states that the prison staff responded to multiple simultaneous incidents of inmates fighting at approximately 8:45 p.m. The release states that the inmates were secured in their housing areas, and the disturbance was contained within an hour.

No prison staff members were injured during the incident.

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“At no time was public safety at risk as facility staff responded quickly to contain and resolve the incident,” the release said.

Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald Jackson said his office responded to the incident, but fighting remained contained within the prison.

“We just went down to give support, but when we got there everything was contained and under control,” Jackson said. “They did an outstanding job.”

American Medical Response spokeswoman Bennie Boone said AMR responded with two ambulances to the scene, and three inmates were transported to area hospitals.

The news release from the prison said two of the three prisoners who received treatment at outside facilities had returned to the prison by Wednesday morning.

Twenty other inmates were treated on-site at the prison for non-life threatening injuries.

The Wilkinson County Correctional Facility is a 1,000-bed prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America. It houses Mississippi Department of Corrections prisoners, and the release said officials with MDOC were notified of the incident and are on site.

Concordia Parish Capt. David Hedrick said the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team was notified of the incident but did not have to respond. A spokesperson with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said the ACSO likewise did not respond.

In late May, a nearly nine-hour prison riot at the CCA-operated Adams County Correctional Center resulted in the death of correctional officer Catlin Carithers and multiple inmate and CCA employee injuries. ACCC houses federal immigration prisoners.

That incident is still under investigation.