Westville Correctional riot injures about a dozen

2013-10-09T17:00:00Z 2013-10-10T00:22:21Z Westville Correctional riot injures about a dozenStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 09, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

WESTVILLE | A section of the Westville Correctional Facility is still under a partial lockdown following a riot involving about 100 inmates that injured about a dozen.

Prison spokesperson Sharon Hawk all but two of the inmates were treated for their injuries at the prison.

The inmates taken to an outside facility for treatment have since returned.

Hawk said the disruption occurred in the general services area of the low to medium security prison.

She said rival gang members were involved in the altercation that started with just a few inmates at the center, which houses more than 3,000 offenders.

Hawk said more fights started breaking out and that's when prison security moved in to get things under control "in just a mininum amount of time."

No prison staff members were injured.

Hawk claimed she was not aware of any knives being involved in the fighting but said some of the offenders were swinging "a lock in a sock."

Every inmate is issued a padlock to keep secure a box that's also issued to offenders for storing belongings.

The injuries consisted of things like "bumps, bruises, cuts and scratches."

Hawk said criminal charges are not anticipated, but some form of in-house disciplinary action is more than likely against at least some of the offenders involved in the altercation.

What led up to the riot is still being investigated, but she said rival gangs were involved.

"We deal with a lot of the same things on the street and they bring some of the gang issues into the prison," Hawk said.

Hawk said the area where the fighting occurred remained under restricted movement on Wednesday and the inmates involvled in the fighting have been moved to a different area of the prison until the investigation is completed.

"The rest of the facility is really under normal operations," Hawk said.

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