Michigan prison inmates refuse to return to cells for hours after assault
TITTABAWASSEE TWP, MI – An altercation involving inmates at a Saginaw County state prison resulted in a dozen prisoners refusing to return to their cells for several hours.
The incident began on the afternoon of Monday, December 21 at the Saginaw Correctional Center when a prisoner assaulted another inmate inside a dwelling, said Chris Gautz, spokesperson for the Michigan Corrections Department. . Gautz did not specify what triggered the assault.
“The instigator of the initial assault led several other prisoners to attack a handful of other prisoners, then encouraged the rest of the prisoners to come out of their cells to disobey orders from staff to return to their cells,” said Gautz.
About 25 to 30 inmates were out of their cells on the unit. Twelve to 15 of the inmates were at the root of the problem, Gautz said.
The initial assaults occurred within minutes of each other. Just under three hours later, the 12 to 15 prisoners involved agreed to return to be locked up again, Gautz said.
No outside law enforcement agency was called in to help with the incident, Gautz said.
One inmate sustained an injury requiring hospitalization. Gautz was not aware of any injured MDOC employees.
“The staff did an outstanding job dealing with this incident, providing care for the prisoners who were assaulted and, through dialogue, they were able to ensure that each prisoner ultimately returned to their cell,” Gautz added.
The prison located at 9625 Pierce Road in Tittabawassee Township consists of 11 buildings and opened in 1993.
MDOC staff are investigating the incident, Gautz said.