Six inmates have control of the keys and doors in one area of a maximum security prison in Arkansas, the state Department of Correction said.
Prisons spokesman Solomon Graves said the inmates took the keys during a recreation call at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker. Three correctional officers are reportedly in the area where the inmates have control of the doors.
Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Wendy Kelley, director of the Arkansas Department of Correction, said the officers inside the unit are fine right now.
Graves said in a statement at 6:10 p.m. that conversations with the involved inmates were “proceeding in a positive direction.”
Bill Sadler, an Arkansas State Police spokesman, said state police have not entered the prison and are on stand by to investigate any harm or physical injury that led up to the situation. But, he said it’s unclear if any physical injury took place in the lead-up to the incident.
As of Monday afternoon, he said the Department of Correction is overseeing the situation inside of the unit.
More details will be released as the situation develops, Graves said.
The latest trouble at the unit comes weeks after correctional officers fired warning shots while responding to a reported stabbing in a solitary confinement area at the same prison.
On July 22, two correctional officers were assaulted trying to handcuff an inmate, but neither they nor the stabbed prisoner needed outside medical attention, the spokesman said.
In the July case, at least two inmates made it out of their single-man cages in the prison’s isolation recreational area, Graves said. From there…
click here to read more.