Arizona prison to relocate more than 350 additional inmates

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Posted: Jul 05, 2015 7:34 PM

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Department of Corrections officials were relocating more than 350 inmates Sunday following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman.

About 355 inmates are being transferred to other facilities because of damage that was done to housing units the day before, department spokesman Andrew Wilder said.

The process should be completed by Sunday evening, and the inmates have remained compliant, Wilder said. The prison's operator has already transferred 700 inmates since the Saturday disturbance.

Gov. Doug Ducey toured the damaged prison Sunday morning while receiving briefings from public safety officials.

"The state is taking this situation seriously and deploying the necessary resources to protect Arizona citizens," Ducey said in a statement.

The governor said he planned to remain in close contact with corrections officials to make sure all transfers are completed properly and safely.

Issa Arnita, a spokesman for prison operator Management and Training Corp., said inmates in the Hualapai housing units had refused to comply in the move Saturday and caused extensive damage. Four inmates were hurt. They were taken to a hospital and later released back to state custody.

Officials are investigating what led to the disturbances and if more inmates will have to be moved until repairs can be made.

The prison has been beset with several disturbances in the past four days.

Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries stemming from three incidents, including a riot in a medium-security unit.