Gov. Bentley to visit Holman prison after stabbings, riot

ATMORE, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The Alabama Department of Corrects says order has been restored at the prison by response teams after an inmate-on-inmate stabbing Monday morning.

ORIGINAL: An inmate-on-inmate stabbing occurred Monday morning at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility.

Officials said the incident happened at 8:30 a.m. when an inmate assaulted another inmate in a dormitory with a makeshift weapon. Corrections officers removed the victim from the dormitory, and their injuries were non life-threatening.

Officers were met with resistance when they tried to apprehend the suspect in the stabbing, with prisoners becoming aggressive and barricading themselves in the dormitory.

All sections of the prison have been secured to prevent inmates from entering other parts of the facility from the dorm. Approximately 70 inmates remain in the dorm at this time.

No one was injured.

A Correctional Emergency Response Team was sent to the prison to resolve the situation. The prison is currently under lock down.

After two incidents in three days at the maximum security William C. Holman Correctional Facility, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will visit the correctional facility Tuesday to meet with officials. He will be updated on the two incidents that happened at the prison. Saturday, the warden and a correctional officer were stabbed.

According to an advisory from Bentley’s press office, Holman is a maximum security prison “designed to house 637 inmates.” His office says the prison currently houses 991 inmates, which is 156% over its designed capacity.

“The facility is overcrowded, and there is a shortage of corrections officers.  Disturbances like what has occurred in the last three days are some examples of the issues that have plagued Alabama’s prison system for decades,” the advisory says.

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