Two inmates hurt in CCA disturbance

December 21, 2010

PALO PINTO COUNTY — Two inmates reportedly received minor injuries during a disturbance Friday night at the Corrections Corporation of America Pre-Parole Transfer Facility but facility personnel were able to gain control of the inmates within a short time.

“At about 8:45 p.m. Friday evening, approximately 30 offenders refused to go to their assigned housing locations on the north side [of the facility],” facility manager Maria White said.

The inmates reportedly encouraged others to join them, according to White.

“With minimal use of chemical agents, supervisors maintained control of the unit and quelled the incident within an hour,” White said. “At no time was public safety threatened as the incident was quickly contained by staff.”

Two of the 48 inmates believed to be involved received minor injuries, were transported to the hospital for treatment and released back to the facility.

No staff was injured.

Local law enforcement personnel were contacted according to standard procedure, White said.

Mineral Wells police, Palo Pinto County sheriff’s deputies and Department of Public Safety officers, responded to a call of a riot at the facility around 9:30 p.m and maintained a perimeter until about 11 p.m. but was not asked to intervene.

“CCA would like to extend our sincere thanks to the local law enforcement agencies for their quick response,” White said.

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