At a news conference, Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said officers stormed in and took the first of three dorms back from rioting prisoners about four hours after the melee began. From 2001 to 2014, an average of 60 inmates died annually in state prisons across the country, according to the U.S. State officials Monday blamed the carnage on a turf war between gangs over territory, money and contraband items like cellphones.
The story was updated with staff reporting. One guy is still alive and breathing, but just barely," the inmate said. Four inmates were killed last year by a pair of prisoners at Kirkland Correctional Institution. The inmate told AP that he knew at least two of the slain men well. Monday. Responding to questions about the hours it took to secure the facility, Stirling said corrections officers are trained to back out of the dorm and call for support during disturbances.
The coroner said when he arrived it was a chaotic scene of fighting everywhere. Prison staff called in reinforcements and did not move into the first unit until four hours after the fighting began, a delay that he said was necessary to ensure the guards’ safety. By Holly Yan and Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN Updated 2104 GMT (0504 HKT) April 16, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution.