Some inmates transferred after Norton prison disturbance

NORTON, Kan. (KSNT) – State corrections officials confirmed late Tuesday night that an inmate disturbance occurred inside the Norton Correctional Facility around 9:30 p.m.

Local law enforcement agencies are on the scene, including the Norton Fire Department. As of 12:41 a.m., the situation in the facility is under control.

All inmates have been secured. Two minor staff injuries were reported, although no medical attention was required. An investigation into the incident is underway. According to Samir Arif, the Director of Public Affairs for the Kansas Department of Corrections, there is some damage to a building that will need repairs.

The Kansas Department of Corrections website says the Norton facility had a capacity of 835 adult male inmates as of the end of 2013. This included a satellite unit in Stockton.

UPDATE:  Just after 11am Wednesday, Samir Arif,  the Director of Public Affairs for the Kansas Department of Corrections told KSNT News the incident involved a mattress being set on fire.  He said that about 100 inmates who were primarily most responsible for the uprising were transferred to other state prisons.  About 50 of them were taken to the Lansing State Prison.  Arif says the prison population now is at about 750.  He added there are about 196 staff at the Norton facility with 17 vacancies, when Arif says is a normal vacancy rate.

The Public Employee Union for Kansas Executive Branch Employees sent out this tweet just after 11:00 p.m.:

Residents of Norton County received the message below from Norton County Sheriff’s Department:

KSNT News is working to gather more information at this time.

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