Five fights in two days with illegal weapons causes lockdown at the Attica Correctional Facility

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 10, 2017

According to the Correction Officer's Union, the Attica Correctional Facility was placed on lockdown after a series of fights between prison inmates.

The Correction Officer's Union says the facility has been on lockdown since Sunday after the fights which involved the use of illegal weapons.

The union says the first incident took place on Saturday between two inmates and the use of illegal weapons.

They say the following day several fights occurred, almost simultaneously, beginning at 3 p.m. with eight men and illegal weapons. At 3:06 p.m. another fight broke out involving 12 inmates, and two gas canisters were used to prevent the fight from growing. Around 3:10 p.m. two other incidents, one involving two men and the other a five-on-five involving illegal weapons, occurred.

The Correction Officer's Union says the most serious injury was the stabbing of an inmate.

According to the union, the facility was put on lockdown to prevent the growing threat to the safety of all inmates and staff. A search for weapons and other contraband is ongoing.

The union reported no injuries to staff.

"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 Vice President of the Western Region Joe Miano. "This incident should serve as a 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."

7 Eyewitness News is waiting for a response from the New York State Department of Corrections about the incidents.