ATMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – The William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala., is currently on lock-down after several incidents of prisoners rioting, assaulting and stabbing a correctional officer and the prison warden.
Authorities say the first assault happened when a correctional officer attempted to break up a fight between two inmates Friday, March 11, around 9:15 p.m. The officer was stabbed during the altercation. Officials say that the officer was transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
When Warden Carter Davenport and other correctional officers attempted to assess the situation in the dormitory, Davenport was stabbed. Davenport was treated for his non life threatening injuries at the medical facilities on-site at the prison. No other officers were injured.
Authorities say that after the men were assaulted, the inmates gained access to a hallway just outside of the housing unit and started a fire. The Alabama Department of Corrections deployed three Correctional Emergency Response Teams, or CERT teams, to the prison. The CERT teams were able to successfully enter the dormitory, detain the inmates and secure the area.
Authorities estimate that approximately 100 inmates were involved in the disturbance.
Some inmates inside the prison were able to publish photos of the rioting to social media. Corrections officers and the CERT teams are conducting a complete search of the prison for illegal cell phones and other contraband.
The inmates directly involved in the assaults of the corrections officer and warden and the rioting have been segregated from the prison’s general population. Criminal charges will be pending for those inmates that were involved in the disturbances.
The prison will remain on lock-down until the ADOC completes its investigation.
Governor Robert Bentley released a statement Saturday regarding the disturbance at the correctional facility.
“There have now been two events in just the last four days involving violence within two Department of Corrections facilities. Alabama’s prison system is at a critical point. A volatile mix of overcrowding and understaffing have created an environment that is dangerous to both inmates as well as the Corrections Officers who serve our state. Our state must take the necessary steps to address and solve this problem immediately. We must reduce overcrowding and provide facilities that are safer and more secure for both inmates and corrections officers.” – Governor Robert Bentley