Spokane-area prison partially locked down


SPOKANE — The Airway Heights Corrections Center was partially locked down Monday following a fight involving 16 medium security inmates Sunday.

According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review, injuries from the melee were mostly minor although one inmate required hospital treatment. He was returned to the prison about three hours later and placed in administrative segregation.

Three staff members suffered minor injuries, mainly bruised knees, said James Key, associate superintendent. The staff members were not assaulted by inmates.

Prison Superintendent Maggie Miller-Stout said the lockdown in the medium security units were being stepped down today.

The fight occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday in a walkway between two medium-security living units. Key said Monday it was too early to know what caused the fight.

Those involved in incident have been placed in administrative segregation as part of the investigation.

Ten inmates from the facility were transferred to Washington State Pentitentiary Monday, but the transfers were to free up room at the prison, Miller-Stout said.

The medium security facility houses approximately 1,570 offenders in six living units. An adjacent minimum security unit houses 600 offenders and was not placed on lockdown.


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