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Oregon State Penitentiary on Lockdown
News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: April 24th, 2011 6:40 PM
 
Oregon State Penitentiary on Lockdown
 
On April 24, 2011, at approximately 2:23 p.m., Oregon State Penitentiary staff responded to a multiple inmate fight in the institution's recreation building.  Staff immediately responded to the altercation deploying chemical spray.  Six inmates were escorted to disciplinary segregation.
 
While staff responded to the altercation, uninvolved inmates left the recreation building and began fighting on the recreation yard.  Approximately 75 inmates were involved in the altercation on the recreation yard.  Staff fired one warning shot and administered chemical spray to control the situation.  Those inmates involved in the altercation have been segregated from general population.
 
The Penitentiary was placed on lockdown.  All activities/visiting were cancelled for the remainder of the day.  Some of the inmates involved in the altercations received minor injuries.  Health Services staff provided medical services.  Several staff received minor injuries while responding to the incident.  
 
The institution will remain on lockdown and there will be no inmate visiting on Monday.    
 
The Oregon State Police have been notified.  The incident is currently under investigation.
 
 
Contact Info: Jeanine Hohn, DOC Communications Manager,  (503) 931-6087 Michelle Whitney Dodson, Penitentiary Public Information Officer,(503) 562-0038