Federal Prison In Pollock On Lockdown After Fights

By Salon Staff

Published January 2, 2012 4:00AM (EST)

POLLOCK, La. (AP) — The federal prison here is on lockdown after fights broke out on New Year's Eve among inmates at the facility in rural north Louisiana.

Prison spokesman Steven Niles said the fighting broke out shortly before noon Saturday at the U.S. Penitentiary, the maximum-security segment of the federal prison complex.

Niles said five prisoners were taken to local hospitals for treatment. By Sunday, he said, four had been returned to the prison. Injuries to the other inmate were not believed to be life threatening. While he would not give details on the injuries, Niles said they were "consistent with fighting."

What caused the fight is still under investigation. Niles said a review of video inside the prison showed at least 15 inmates were involved, possibly more.

Salon Staff

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