The following is a news release from the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Atmore, AL. - An inmate disturbance at Alabama's Holman Correctional Facility is under control. Tuesday, at approximately 7:30 a.m., inmates took control of A-dorm at Holman, a maximum security prison. For safety reasons, Holman supervisors ordered officers out of the dorm and into the hallway. No initial injuries or destruction of property were reported. The dorm houses approximately 115 inmates, not all of whom participated in the standoff.
Equipped with riot gear, the ADOC's Correctional Emergency Response Team arrived and met with continued inmate disobedience. Initial attempts at compliance were refused. At approximately 11:15 a.m., CERT, under the direction of Institutional Coordinator Grantt Culliver, entered and regained control of the dorm with no injury to staff. There were few minor injuries to inmates who refused lawful orders, none requiring off-site medical treatment.
The ADOC CERT will remain on premises as needed.
The ADOC's Correctional Emergency Response Team, along with staff at Holman and Fountain Correctional Facilities, the Escambia County Sheriff's Department, and the Atmore Police Department are to be commended for their handling of the situation, along with the ADOC Office of Health Services and Correctional Medical Services.
"Quick and decisive actions by the CERT team, our staff, and local law enforcement authorities help to resolve this issue, " said Kim Thomas, ADOC Commissioner. "Everyone involved has my personal thanks for such a professional response and handling of this situation."