A housing unit at the Tecumseh state prison which has been the scene of uprisings in the past has again caused problems for Corrections officials after four staff members were assaulted by inmates
The Department of Correctional Services reports inmates in housing unit 2B at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution assaulted four staff members early Wednesday afternoon. Two of the staff members required outside medical attention, according to the department.
Housing unit 2AB has been on modified operations in wake of the deadly disturbance on March 2nd in which two inmates died, apparently at the hand of fellow inmates.
Corrections officials say four inmates had been allowed out of their cells; some because their cells had been flooded when their toilets had been plugged, others for their meals.
Staff used physical force to stop the assaults and subdue the inmates. The inmates involved in the assaults as well as others in the cells made threats and demanded to be let out of their cells.
Those inmates involved in the assaults and others on the unit made threats regarding additional assaults as they were demanding to be let out of their cells.
“Continued physical acts of violence will result in more safety precautions and fewer individuals allowed out at one time,” State Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a written statement. “We will do whatever is necessary to keep people safe. The only way the current conditions of confinement can change is when individuals demonstrate they are not a risk to cause harm to others. That is done through good behavior and respectful interactions with staff and others.”
Housing unit 2A remains in modified lockdown status, same as the status after the March 2nd incident. The rest of the prison is operating normally.
The same housing unit was the scene of the Mother’s Day riot in 2015, which also left two inmates dead and caused more than $2 million in damage.