TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on inmates refusing to return to their cells at a maximum-security prison in Kansas (all times local):
The Kansas Department of Corrections says that an incident at a maximum-security prison has been resolved and inmates are back in their cells.
Department spokesman Todd Fertig said in a statement Thursday that no injuries to staff or prisoners occurred and that inmates did not obtain access to any weapons.
Fertig confirmed that staff from other prisons were called to help deal with the incident but said that’s normal procedure. He said inmates were returned to their cells with no use of force.
The department had reported that inmates were refusing to return to their cells but Fertig said he did not have additional details.
An official with the union representing corrections workers had said inmates controlled parts of the prison that included the gym, the yard and the kitchen.
The leader of a union that represents Kansas corrections workers says he’s receiving reports that inmates still control parts of a maximum-security prison in southern Kansas.
Robert Choromanski is executive director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees. He said in an email Thursday afternoon that a prison worker said areas under inmate control at the El Dorado prison include the gym, the yard and the kitchen.
The Department of Corrections said some inmates are refusing to return to their cells but that the prison has been secured. Department spokesman Todd Fertig says there have been no reports of violence or injuries. He says he’s awaiting more details about the incident.
The El Dorado Correctional Facility is the state’s second largest prison. It’s about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Wichita.
The Kansas Department of Corrections says some inmates are refusing to return to their cells at the state’s maximum-security prison, but that no violence or injuries have been reported.
Department spokesman Todd Fertig released a statement saying inmates refused to return to their cells Thursday morning at the prison outside El Dorado. Fertig says the prison is now secure and measures are being taken to return inmates to their cell houses.
Fertig said he didn’t have further details about the incident.
The union representing prison workers says it has received reports from corrections officers that the prison has been on lockdown.
The Kansas Organization of State Employees has said in the past that the prison is understaffed and its officers are being required to work 12-hour shifts.