Sharpened toothbrushes used as weapons in prison riot

2013-10-10T15:28:00Z 2013-10-11T13:46:09Z Sharpened toothbrushes used as weapons in prison riotStan Maddux Times Correspondent
October 10, 2013 3:28 pm  • 

WESTVILLE | Some of the offenders involved in a Monday riot at Westville Correctional Facility, which injured about a dozen inmates, have been transferred to other prisons.

Prison officials announced Thursday that shanks were involved in the fighting that involved about 100 offenders and lasted for about two hours.

WCF spokesman John Schrader said plastic toothbrushes with the ends sharpened along with the padlocks in socks were among the weapons recovered.

"They'll make a weapon out of just about anything," Schrader said.

According to prison officials, the disruptions occurred in the general services area of the low- to medium-security prison that holds more than 3,000 inmates.

Schrader said rival gang members were involved in the fighting but the chain of events leading up to the altercations was still under investigation.

He said the fighting did not occur all at once.

Instead, the altercations broke out separately during a span that lasted about two hours.

Schrader said offenders involved in the fighting identified as having some power or influence in the prison have been transferred to other prisons in the state for security purposes.

He did not know if any other disciplinary measures have been handed out but said time in solitary confinement and taking away good time credit off sentences are among the options.

Schrader also could not confirm whether any inmates were stabbed, but officials said the injuries to their knowledge involved bumps, bruises, cuts and scratches.

He said all but one offender was treated in-house with the other receiving medical attention in the prison's infirmary.

The area of the prison where the fighting occurred remained under a partial lockdown on Thursday with restrictions in effect like no school and other programs along with no visitation.

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