Riot at Holman Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama corrections officials said officers in riot gear put down an inmate uprising at Holman Prison on Tuesday after prisoners seized control of a 115-man dormitory in the maximum-security lockup for several hours.

Prison officials said a few prisoners suffered minor injuries, but further details were not immediately available. No one had to be sent to a hospital, according to prison officials.

No Holman employees were hurt, but officers were still assessing damage to the prison, located in southwest Alabama north of Mobile.

Inmates took control of Holman's A-Dorm about 7:30 a.m. CDT while some in the prison were beginning the workday and others were at breakfast. About 115 men live in the dormitory, but not all participated in the standoff.

Members of an emergency response team equipped with riot gear attempted to take control of the dormitory but were met with resistance from prisoners, officials said. Authorities finally regained control of the dorm about 11:15 a.m. CDT, and the entire prison remained on lockdown to prevent further problems.

Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said nothing unusual was going on at the prison at the time of the disturbance and it was unclear what prompted the uprising.

"It appears to have been an isolated incident that caused the disturbance," said Corbett. "We are still in the process of sorting things out."

A prison statement said officers from the department's Correctional Emergency Response Team, Holman and Fountain prisons, the Escambia County Sheriff's Department and the Atmore Police Department assisted, along with prison medical workers.

"Quick and decisive actions by the CERT team, our staff, and local law enforcement authorities help to resolve this issue, " Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas said in a statement. "Everyone involved has my personal thanks for such a professional response and handling of this situation."

Holman is best known as the prison where the state holds executions.

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