Arkansas prison unit secured after inmates take keys, hold guards for 3 hours – Arkansas News

Arkansas prison unit secured after inmates take keys, hold guards for 3 hours – Arkansas News

Six inmates at the state’s maximum security prison in Tucker held three guards for about three hours Monday afternoon after they took control of an area of the unit, a prisons spokesman said.

Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves said the prison was placed under lockdown before the staff members were released from the area Monday evening. They suffered minor injuries, including bruises and scrapes, he said.

Six inmates took keys from correctional officers during a “recreation call” at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker around 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to an initial statement from Graves.

Graves later said the six had overpowered two officers and gotten their keys as they were being moved to or from the recreation area. A third officer was isolated in the area as the inmates took control.

One inmate, who was injured during the disturbance, was taken to an area hospital, Graves said. The inmate, who was in stable condition, was not involved in the initial disturbance, according to Graves.

When asked why the inmate was taken to an area hospital, Graves said the injuries to the inmate were too much for the infirmary at the prison to handle.

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Graves said in a statement that, as of 6:30 p.m., all staff members had been released and that the disturbance was resolved as of 6:45 p.m. and the unit began “the process of returning to normal operation.”

After surrendering to prison officials, the inmates who carried out the seizure were taken to the Varner Supermax Unit, the state’s highest-security prison, located…

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