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Reality Check: Assaults at Holman Prison Up 60%

ATMORE, Ala. (WPMI) Local 15 News obtained and analyzed prison records from the Alabama Department of Corrections days after a riot broke out at the facility. The warden and a corrections officer were stabbed in that incident. Neither were seriously hurt.

Records show assaults at the Holman Correctional Facility are up 61% from 2011 through 2015.

Records show staff members in recent year have been assaulted more than inmates:

Inmates Staff

2015 13 17

2014 5 18

2013 5 15

Overcrowding is also a major problem at the facility. It was built to hold 581. Last year, according to records, 830 inmates were housed at Holman Prison.

According to a press release sent Monday evening: the Alabama Department of Corrections sent three Correctional Emergency Response Teams to the William C. Holman Correctional Facility on Monday in response to an inmate-on-inmate stabbing

Officials report the assault happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. in a prison dormitory when an inmate assaulted another inmate with a makeshift weapon. Corrections officers responded to the incident and removed the victim from the dormitory. The inmate's injuries are not life-threating.

When officers tried to apprehend the suspect in the stabbing, they were met with resistance. Prisoners became aggressive and barricaded themselves inside the dorm. Officers secured all sections of the prison to prevent the inmates inside the dorm from entering other parts of the facility. Approximately 70 inmates were the dorm at this time of the incident. Inmates had attempted to gain control of the same dormitory on March 11 that ended the following day.

In response to Monday's disturbance, the Correctional Emergency Response Teams entered and regained control of the dorm at approximately 2:45 p.m. The inmates responsible for today's disturbance were detained and moved to segregation. The dormitory is again secured and the prison remains on lockdown. No injuries to officers or inmates were reported.

The lockdown limits the movement of inmates inside the prison, and officials have temporarily cancelled visitation. A CERT team will remain at the prison to assist corrections officers in maintaining order at the prison.

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