Fight sends second prison unit into lockdown

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WALLA WALLA -- A unit at the Washington State Penitentiary is on restricted movement today following a fight between inmates.

Prisoners in Unit E in the West Complex were placed on lockdown Tuesday after four inmates started fighting in a common area of the unit, said Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman. Today the facility is on restricted movement, which allows for activities to resume at a slower pace.

The lockdown and restricted movement affected 187 inmates in the unit, which is one of four close-custody units in the complex.

Last week prison officials locked down Unit G in the West Complex after an inmate assaulted a correctional officer in a day room. The officer was treated and released at a local hospital following the Aug. 30 assault.

Hall said Unit G was expected to resume normal operations this morning, but was placed on restricted movement status until Thursday to evaluate two separate fights that occurred over the weekend.

The lockdown and restricted movement have not affected scheduled activities for the rest of the facility, which is operating normally, Hall said.

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