2 Walla Walla prison units reopen after weekend fight

April 25, 2013 

— Two units at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla have reopened after being locked down Saturday when 38 inmates started fighting in a recreation yard.

The F and G units in the West Complex have returned to normal operations, according to a news release from the Department of Corrections. Visiting in those units will follow the normal schedule Sunday.

Units D and E remain on restricted movement, said officials.

On Saturday, 38 offenders were placed in segregation units for their involvement in the fights. Some suffered injuries that needed treatment. No staff members were injured.

About 180 offenders were in the recreation area when the fights began about 8 p.m. Saturday. Prison officials secured the area in less than two minutes, said prison officials.

The Washington State Penitentiary houses about 2,200 offenders in minimum-, close- and maximum-custody units.

The four units of the West Complex – which are the prison’s second-highest security level – house about 760 offenders.

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