23 inmates injured and facility on lockdown after prison brawl

WOODVILLE, MS (WAFB) - The Wilkinson County Correctional Facility in Woodville, MS is on lockdown status after multiple inmate fights at the facility Tuesday night.

Facility staff responded to simultaneous incidents of inmates fighting with one another in multiple housing areas around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. According to officials at the prison, staff responded immediately to quickly contain and quell the disturbance. Within an hour, the incident was resolved, with all inmates secured in their housing areas.

Per standard protocol, the facility's trained emergency response team was activated and is on-site. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) were notified and have been on-site at the facility. At no time was public safety at risk as facility staff responded quickly to contain and resolve the incident.

Three inmates were transported off-site to area hospitals for treatment of injuries, of which two have already been returned to the facility. Another 20 inmates were treated on-site by facility medical staff for various, non-life threatening injuries. There were no injuries to staff.

The 1,000-bed Wilkinson County Correctional Facility houses male Mississippi state inmates and is operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in partnership with MDOC. The multi-security facility is nationally accredited by the independent American Correctional Association (ACA) – the gold standard for professional correctional management.