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Attica on lockdown since Sunday

ATTICA – Attica Correctional Facility has been on lockdown since Sunday following a series of fights among prison inmates, according to a statement released Tuesday by the state corrections officer union.

The first incident occurred at 2:20 p.m. Saturday  when two inmates fought in a prison yard using weapons that were not identified. The next day at 3 p.m., another fight involving weapons broke out among eight men in that same prison yard. Minutes later at 3:06 p.m., another fight broke out in another yard involving 12 inmates. Gas canisters were used to stop the fighting. Then at 3:10 p.m., two other fights broke out in a third yard, one between two men and the other a five-on-one person fight involving weapons. One of the fights left an inmate with stab wounds.

"As a result of the vicious assaults and growing threat of violence jeopardizing the safety of all inmates and staff, the Attica Correctional is now on lockdown and a search for weapons and other contraband is ongoing. There were no injuries to staff during the incidents," the union wrote.

“The lockdown at Attica is a clear example of the increasingly high levels of violence and dangerous weapons plaguing our prisons and threatening the safety of both inmates and staff,” said Joe Miano, Vice President of the Western Region of the NYS Corrections Officers Police Benevolent Association in the statement. “This incident should serve as an stark reminder that we need better technology and more resources for proper training and equipment to help our officers stop this violence before it starts.”

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