KDOC: Inmate disturbance at Norton Correctional Facility under control

NORTON, Kan. (KSNW) - Authorities say 90 inmates have been transferred from Norton Correctional Facility. Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Samir Arif said Wednesday that the inmates were moved to other Kansas prisons.

A disturbance began around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when inmates set fire to a mattress in a housing unit and up to 250 inmates spilled into the yard. He said inmates broke into a tool shed and smashed several prison windows.

The Kansas Department of Corrections told KSN local law enforcement agencies responded to the situation, including the Norton Fire Department. All inmates have been secured.  Two minor staff injuries were reported. The department said no medical attention was required.

However, the Union for Kansas Executive Branch Employees has reported a huge riot at the facility. The union reported buildings are burning, and some inmates have weapons.

The Norton prison housed 848 inmates as of Friday, with another 125 at a satellite unit in Stockton, to the east. Most of the inmates are either "low" medium-security inmates or minimum-security inmates.

Norton City Administrator Chad Buckley says all of the town's firetrucks and his entire police department responded to the scene to assist corrections officials.

The state saw multiple inmate disturbances in recent months at its maximum-security prison in El Dorado in southern Kansas.

Right now, the Kansas Department of Corrections said an investigation into the incident is underway.




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