ATMORE, AL (WKRG) – The Alabama Department of Corrections has confirmed a second riot is currently taking place at the Holman Corrections Facility in Atmore.
Approximately 70 inmates have barricaded themselves inside a prison dormitory after a stabbing this morning left an inmate with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the DOC, an inmate stabbed another inmate with a “makeshift weapon” at 8:30am, leading to a sequence of events that resulted in the uprising.
News 5 is told tactical law enforcement squads have been deployed to Holman Prison to assist in bringing the situation under control.
WKRG News 5 was the first to break the news of the second riot on Monday morning. The first riot happened on Friday night, leading to the warden and a corrections officer being stabbed. They both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
News 5’s J.B. Biunno and Emily DeVoe are speaking to a prison inmate by cellphone as the second riot continues to unfold on Monday. The man said inmates were in a standoff with armed officers after breaking out windows and gaining access to “another area of the prison.”
The informant told News 5 that this riot was just as spirited and violent as the one that took place on Friday. He said to “expect causalities.”
News 5 independently confirmed the man’s identity through jail records and his status as a Holman prison inmate.
The man said he was a “mediator” who was trying to help quell the situation. He said inmates are fed up with deteriorating conditions and overcrowding within the prison system, something even Governor Robert Bentley has acknowledged is a serious issue in Alabama.
News 5 has received numerous phone calls from the family members of inmates claiming that another riot was taking place.
During Friday’s uprising, cell phone video surfaced from inside the prison showed inmates lighting a fire in an attempt to escape a prison dormitory.
Emergency response teams brought the situation under control by Saturday morning.
Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn praised the work of the warden, officers and response teams. Dunn says they prevented a volatile situation from escalating to something more serious.
The prison is still on lockdown after the Friday disturbance.