The state Department of Corrections issued this press release Thursday night:
ABERDEEN – All medium- and minimum-custody units at Stafford Creek Corrections Center near Aberdeen were placed on lockdown this evening after a series of multi-offender fights. No staff members were injured. One offender sustained injuries that were not life-threatening but required treatment at the local hospital.
The first fight occurred around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the day room of one of the facility’s medium-custody units. A short time later, three other multi-offender fights occurred – one in the same medium- custody unit, one in another medium-custody unit and one in a minimum-custody unit.
Staff swiftly responded and prison administrators placed the facility on lockdown immediately following the fights. The offenders involved were placed in a segregation unit where they will be interviewed by staff investigators.
Stafford Creek Corrections Center houses about 2,000 offenders in minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody units.