The Arkansas Correction Department reported an attack on two guards
last night at the Delta Regional Unit in Dermott.
"Neither officer required treatment beyond over-the-counter medication," said a prepared statement.
The Associated Press is reporting that the officers were harmed while trying to "seize contraband."
We're waiting for comment from ADC on what "contraband" in this case means. "Contraband" is a loose term for ADC, meaning both drugs and a wider array of things prisoners should have. As we've reported in the past, K2 (or synthetic marijuana)
and cell phones
are both contraband issues within Arkansas prisons.
Here is the full release:
Last night, two correctional officers were assaulted by multiple inmates while attempting to seize contraband in a barracks at the Delta Regional Unit in Dermott. The officers sustained minor injuries consisting of bruising and lacerations. Neither officer required treatment beyond over-the-counter medication. Following the assault, inmates broke multiple windows in the housing area. Correctional officers were able to regain control of the situation and return the Unit to normal operations.
The department has dealt with a series of violent incidents over the past few months resulting in a call from Gov.r Asa Hutchinson for changes. The changes — including 400 more isolation cells — have been described as "just more punishment" by Sen. Joyce Elliott