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UPDATE: State penitentiary under lockdown

Posted: Updated: Dec 3, 2013 05:00 PM CST

By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com

Department of Corrections officials say the state penitentiary remains under lockdown after some unusual inmate behavior Monday night.   Officials say there will be no inmate visiting Wednesday, December 4.

A press release says the lockdown status will be assessed daily to determine if it will continue and/or when visits will resume. 

As of Thursday, December 5th and following, friends, family, clergy, attorneys and others are encouraged to call ahead (402-471-3161) before going to the Penitentiary to ensure inmate visiting has resumed. 

DOC officials say inmates were unhappy with their scheduled yard time, and became uncooperative on Monday.

Back in August of last year, the open yard system was replaced with a scheduled yard system.

Authorities say there's been no violence or injuries since the change, but say they took extra precautions after a group of inmates from one housing unit refused to return to their cells after a meal.

DOC officials say there is no threat to the public. They say at this time all inmates are contained within a secure perimeter.

Spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith says there were no injuries or major damage in the protest, aside from some fires in trash cans that were extinguished. Some inmates were moved to other locations because of the smoke.  Smith says prison staff members are investigating the fires. The inmates who protested were not violent, and were all secured Monday night.

This is a developing story, we'll have more for you tonight at a 5 and 6 o'clock.

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