More Trouble for Prison Operator

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Mississippi prison was ordered locked down overnight after at least 28 Colorado inmates were involved in an uprising.

The disturbance occurred just one day after day after a similar riot at the Crowley County Correctional Facility near Olney Springs, Colorado.

Both prisons are operated by Memphis, Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America. Inmates set fire to mattresses and clothing during last night's riot at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler. No injuries were reported. Officials say guards had everything under control within an hour.

CCA signed a contract with Colorado last month to house 128 maximum-security inmates at the Tutwiler facility. At least 35 Colorado prisoners are now there.

Crowley County Riot

The riot that severely damaged the Crowley County Correctional Facility is the second uprising at that private prison in the past five years.

Several hundred prisoners rioted at the southern Colorado prison late Tuesday and early Wednesday, setting fires that left several inmate-living units uninhabitable. Thirteen inmates were hurt.

A 1999 riot at the medium-security prison involved long-time inmates and newly arrived prisoners. Corrections officials say inmates from Washington state were involved in that incident, but say there's no evidence such inmates started this week's riot.

The prison is operated by Nashville, Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America. The facility houses inmates from Colorado, Wyoming and Washington.


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