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News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: November 23rd, 2012 3:07 PM
Snake River Correctional Institution placed on modified lockdown Thursday
Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) was placed on modified lockdown, Thursday, Nov. 21, after multiple inmate disturbances occurred in the late afternoon. All areas of the institution, with the exception of the minimum facility, are running under modified operations. Although inmates do not have access to the phones, they will be allowed to visit.
The institution was placed on modified lockdown after several inmates engaged in mutual altercations in various areas of complex three, one of the institution's general population living areas. At approximately 3:45 p.m., several inmates began fighting in the entrance area to the complex three recreation yard. When inmates refused to comply with directives from staff, a warning shot was fired, after which the inmates complied.
As staff responded to this altercation, additional altercations took place in other areas of complex three, including the corridor and housing units. Staff were able to diffuse these incidents and began escorting inmates from their work assignments and the recreation yard to their assigned cells. Over the period of an hour, while staff escorted inmates to their cells, other inmate-on-inmate fights continued to occur, which were quickly resolved. 
A total of 59 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations, one of whom sustained injuries that required outside medical treatment. One staff member also sustained injuries that required off-site medical treatment.
Oregon State Police has been notified and an ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause.
Contact Info: SRCI Public Information Officer:
Cathleen Shroyer
DOC Communications Manager:
Liz Craig