Marion Federal Prison On Lockdown After Inmate Fight

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By Mike Snuffer

MARION - The federal prison in Marion is on lockdown after weekend fights left about a dozen inmates with minor injuries.

No workers at the U.S. Penitentiary were injured in the series of flare-ups Sunday afternoon in the prison's recreation yard.

The prison will remain on lockdown until the investigation is complete. It isn't clear how many inmates actually took part in the fights or what their injuries were.

Prison officials say several inmate fights started in the recreation yard. The prison called in all its staff as a contingency as it dealt with the fighting.

An investigation is now underway. The Marion federal penitentiary has about 1,100 medium security inmates. There are 300 correctional officers, according to prison officials.
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