Prisoners Riot at Hudson Correctional Facility

14 Apr

Inmates at a Colorado prison took control of part of the facility following a disturbance overnight, KDVR reported Wednesday.

No guards were taken hostage at the Hudson Correctional Facility in Weld County, northern Colorado, but a portion of the facility remained in the inmates’ control early Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, and damage to the prison included smashed sprinklers, KDVR reported.

A riot at the privately owned Hudson Correctional Facility 25 miles northeast of Denver International Airport has been brought under control, prison authorities said this morning.

The prison, which holds approximately 750 inmates from the state of Alaska, is owned by Cornell Companies, Inc.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., 8-to-10 inmates “engaged in a disturbance” which was contained to one housing pod, according to a statement by Cornell.

There were no staff injuries but minor injuries were reported by some inmates.

No hostages were taken and personnel currently have full control of the facility, said Cornell.

Richard Schmitz, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Corrections, said that preliminary information was that the riot was confined to one module of the prison.

“There were no hostages and no escapes,” said Schmitz.

Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said that although the prison is privately owned, six inspectors from DOC’s inspector general’s office are headed to the prison.

Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said the Weld County Sheriff’s Department assisted officials at the prison by sending two K9 units to the facility.

Martinez said the K9 units left the prison at 6:30 a.m. today and order had been restored.

The prison holds minimum- to medium- security adult males from Alaska. Schmitz said the Alaska inmates at Hudson generally have more than one year left on their sentences.

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