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Holman Prison remains on lockdown, Warden returns to post after being stabbed

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ATMORE, AL (WSFA) -

William Holman Prison in Atmore is still on lockdown after a situation broke out in one of the prison dormitories, according to a spokesperson with the Alabama Department of Corrections.

The situation began Friday night and lasted until Saturday morning at the prison, and resulted in a correctional officer and the prison warden being stabbed.

According to ADOC, the warden returned to the prison on Sunday, and the correctional officer is recovering from the injuries he received during the stabbing.

A video and photos from Facebook and YouTube, apparently posted by prisoners inside Holman overnight, revealed a hostile situation at the prison that included a fire in one of the prison dormitories.

This video, apparently taken inside the prison was posted on Facebook and YouTube. Caution: Extreme language used. Mobile users click here to view the video.

According to a press release from the Alabama Department of Corrections, the correctional facility went on lock-down after a correctional officer and the prison warden were stabbed.

The first assault reportedly happened at 9:15 p.m. on Friday when the correctional officer responded to a fight between inmates in one of the prison dorms. The officer was stabbed when he attempted to detain one of the inmates involved in the fight.

According to the release, when Warden Carter Davenport and other officers entered the dorm to assess the situation, Davenport was stabbed. He remained at the prison and was treated on-site for his injuries.

The injured officer was transported to an off-site medical facility to be treated for his injuries.

The injuries sustained by the officer and Warden Davenport are reportedly non-life-threatening.

According to ADOC, after the stabbings occurred, inmates gained access to a hallway just outside the housing unit and started a fire.

In response to the situation, ADOC deployed three Correctional Emergency Response Teams to the prison. The CERT teams were able to enter the dorm and secure the area by detaining the inmates involved.

ADOC says that around 100 inmates were involved in the disturbance.

Some of the inmates inside Holman Prison were able to post photos and videos of the disturbance on social media. ADOC says that CERT teams found 30 cellphones, makeshift knives and other contraband during a search of the prison following the incident.

The inmates who were responsible for assaulting the officer and Warden Davenport as well as the inmates involved in the disturbance have been moved from the prison’s general population.

Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said the quick response to the disturbance by the warden, corrections officers and the department's operations team helped prevent a volatile situation from escalating into something worse. 

“I want to credit Warden Davenport, members of his staff, and the corrections officers who were able to bring the situation under control without very serious consequences,” said Dunn.  “I also want to thank other law enforcement agencies that responded to the incident and assisted the department at a critical time.”    

Governor Robert Bentley released the following statement on Saturday in reference to the situation at Holman Prison: 

There have now been two events in just the last four days involving violence within two Department of Corrections facilities. Alabama’s prison system is at a critical point. A volatile mix of overcrowding and understaffing have created an environment that is dangerous to both inmates as well as the Corrections Officers who serve our state. Our state must take the necessary steps to address and solve this problem immediately. We must reduce overcrowding and provide facilities that are safer and more secure for both inmates and corrections officers.

Investigators from the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division responded to the prison to assist the CERT teams and to conduct a thorough investigation into the disturbance.

Alabama State Troopers also responded to the prison to help with perimeter security. 

According to ADOC, criminal charges are pending against the inmates who were involved in the disturbance.

Officials say there is limited movement inside the prison and inmates are being cooperative and orderly. Visitation has been temporarily canceled and the prison will remain on lockdown for the next few days until the investigation is complete. 

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