Arizona prison to relocate more than 350 additional inmates

6 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arizona Moves 700 Inmates After Violence Inside Prison.

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Department of Corrections officials were relocating more than 350 inmates Sunday following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman. KINGMAN, Arizona: About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable. About 355 inmates are being transferred to other facilities because of damage that was done to housing units the day before, department spokesman Andrew Wilder said. Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries in the incidents at the privately run Arizona State Prison-Kingman, which has had a long history of problems. The first disturbance occurred Wednesday at a minimum-security unit, followed by what he described as an unrelated riot Thursday night at a medium-security unit that took several hours to quell, Wilder said.

Saturday’s incident “was clearly a significant disturbance, but it was not on a scale with what occurred (at the prison) Thursday evening to Friday morning,” Wilder said. Issa Arnita, a spokesman for prison operator Management and Training Corp., said inmates in the Hualapai housing units had refused to comply in the move Saturday and caused extensive damage. The prison holds about 3,500 minimum- and medium-security inmates and is operated by Management & Training Corporation, a company based in Centerville, Utah. An inmate at the prison — and the minimum-security unit where the disturbance happened this week — was sexually assaulted and beaten at the facility in January and died at a hospital three days later, according to a legal claim filed by his family. In Wednesday’s incident, a small group of minimum security inmates were chasing down an inmate when prison staff intervened to stop the assault, Wilder said.

The inmate, Neil Early, was serving a five-year sentence for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after becoming addicted to heroin and stealing video games. Three guards were hurt, authorities said. “Importantly, the perimeter of the prison was never breached — local law enforcement and DPS provided assistance in manning the security perimeter while corrections personnel dealt with the situation in the housing units,” Wilder said.

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