Arkansas Inmates Steal Keys, Take Control of Part of Maximum Security Prison

  • Arkansas Inmates Steal Keys, Take Control of Part of Maximum Security Prison

Arkansas Inmates Steal Keys, Take Control of Part of Maximum Security Prison

Three correctional officers are safe and largely uninjured after six inmates at Tucker Maximum Security Unit stole keys and took control of an area of the prison.

Local reports said the situation came to a peaceful end about three hours after it began.

UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) "As of 6:10 p.m. the Department is in contact with the involved inmates".

Two of the three correctional officers who had been held by prisoners at a maximum security prison in Arkansas have been released, while an inmate is being taken to a hospital with injuries.

Bill Sadler, an Arkansas State Police spokesman, said the agency is investigating any criminal activity that may have occurred in the lead-up to the situation or during it.

One inmate involved in the disturbance was taken to the hospital.

At 6:50pm, a prison spokesman told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the prison was "in the process of returning to normal operation". Graves said those conversations are proceeding in a positive direction. Since then, however, all staff have been released with only minor injuries, the Department of Corrections said.

Asked about staffing levels at the prison, Graves said there were vacancies, but he declined to speculate on whether that contributed to the incident. On July 22, three inmates escaped from individual holding pens and attacked two guards and a fellow inmate after the breakout. But, he said it's unclear if any physical injury took place in the lead-up to the incident.

Graves said the incident showed the risks that the state's correction officers face on a daily basis.

In the July case, at least two inmates made it out of their single-man cages in the prison's isolation recreational area, Graves said.

Arkansas Department of Correction officials have discussed building a new regional jail with several counties in the southeast part of the state.