Another stabbing happens at Holman prison, amid lockdown already in place


Holman Prison in Atmore, Ala.

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ATMORE, Ala. – Emergency response teams are back at Holman Correctional Facility again Monday following another stabbing.  The assault happened between two inmates, according to Bob Horton, spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Horton said the assault happened at 8:30 a.m. Monday in a prison dormitory.  One inmate stabbed another with a makeshift weapon, and corrections officers responded to the incident and removed the victim.  The person is expected to survive.

Horton said when officers tried to get the suspect under control, the inmate and others resisted.  Prisoners became aggressive and barricaded themselves inside the dorm.  The Alabama Department of Corrections said officers have secured all sections of the prison to prevent the inmates inside the dorm from entering other parts of the facility.  Approximately 70 inmates are in the dorm at the moment.  No officers or other inmates have been hurt.

A Correctional Emergency Response Team has been called in. The prison was already on lockdown after a riot that left an officer and the warden stabbed.

Initial riot

The initial disturbance started Friday around 9:15 p.m. and ended Saturday morning.  An estimated 100 inmates started a fire in the facility and tried to gain control of one of the prison’s dormitories.  After the riot ended, CERT teams searched the prison’s housing units and found 30 cellphones, makeshift knives and other contraband, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

The corrections officer who was stabbed Friday night is recovering. Warden Carter Davenport, who was also stabbed, reported to the prison on Sunday.

Holman Prison remains on lockdown. Corrections officials have temporarily cancelled visitation.

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