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Disturbance at Westville prison being investigated

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A disturbance on Monday at the Westville Correctional Facility is under investigation, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said.

DOC spokesman John Schrader characterized the disturbance--confined to the General Services Complex--as a “larger number than normal of fights” which erupted around supper time as inmates were going to and from the chow hall.

Around a dozen inmates were injured and one treated at the infirmary but no one was transported to hospital, Schrader told the Chesterton Tribune today.

No correction staff were injured, there was no property damage, and no lockdown of the General Services Complex was ever implemented, he added.

Although the prison’s Internal Affairs Division is still investigating, it’s believed that the impetus for the fights was the routine re-location of some of the inmates to other units at Westville. That re-location seems to have affected the social “structure” within the General Services Complex, Schrader said.

So far 10 to 12 inmates have been identified as being involved in the fights--which occurred over a period of a couple of hours--and investigators are now trying to determine how many others might have been and the extent of their involvement.

There was no lockdown of the General Services Complex, Schrader said: inmates are still being fed in the chow hall, for instance, the day rooms remain open, and TV privileges have not been revoked. But visitation for the moment has been limited and some programming stopped. Several inmates have also been moved to other DOC facilities in the wake of the disturbance.

Schrader noted that none of the other housing units at the Westville Correctional Facility was affected by the disturbance. Fights are common enough at the prison, he also said, with one to two daily throughout the facility with a total inmate population of just around 3,200.




Posted 10/11/2013