The Department of Correctional Services reports the inmate hit the staff member after refusing to obey the staffer’s request to return to a secure area Sunday evening.
The staff member went to the hospital and received several stitches to the lip.
No names have been released by corrections.
Findings from an investigation will be forwarded to the county attorney for possible criminal charges. The inmate also will be subject to disciplinary penalties, which could include loss of good time.