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Inmates moved after nightlong disturbance

Posted: August 7, 2013 - 12:01am

ANCHORAGE — A nightlong disturbance among 14 segregated male inmates at Alaska’s maximum-security prison is under investigation, authorities said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the disturbance that ended about 8 a.m. Tuesday when the inmates were moved to a different segregation unit at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, according to corrections officials. Damage was limited to individual cells.

The inmates remained locked in their cells throughout the disturbance, which began about 11 p.m. Monday, corrections officials said.

Inmates yelled during the disturbance, corrections spokeswoman Kaci Schroeder said, adding that damage done to cells alone would’ve caused noise.

Damage inside the cells included toilet-flooded floors and broken glass from the small windows in the cells. No damage estimate was immediately available.

The cells were all in the same area, Schroeder said. She couldn’t say why it took nine hours before the disturbance was quelled.

“Not really, other than if they’re going to be violent like that sometimes it’s just better to just leave them where they’re at, instead of trying to go in there and fight with them and kind of escalate the situation,” Schroeder said. “And in the morning, more people are on staff and so there’s more people available to handle a situation appropriately.”

Schroeder said that if anyone had been hurt during the disturbance, that person would have been dealt with right away.

According to officials, inmates involved in the disturbance face disciplinary actions and possible charges.

The incident is under investigation by Alaska State Troopers. Schroeder said it’s not known what caused the disturbance or who was behind it.

Spring Creek is the state’s only maximum-security prison. It houses 315 inmates, all of them men.

The criminal histories of the inmates involved in the disturbance were not immediately disclosed. Schroeder said prisoners at Spring Creek can serve sentences for anything ranging from murder to felony driving under the influence.

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