Another uprising at prison where weekend violence broke out

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Posted: Mar 14, 2016 2:46 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A prisoner stabbed a fellow inmate Monday and 70 others barricaded themselves in a dorm at an overcrowded Alabama prison that was the site of weekend uprisings, authorities said.

Inmates became aggressive when officers tried to apprehend the stabbing suspect and barricaded themselves inside a dormitory of the William C. Holman Correctional Facility, Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in an emailed statement. He said officers had secured other sections of the prison.

The uprising was the second in three days at the prison, which was still on lockdown after inmates stabbed the prison warden and a corrections officer, lit fires and tried to take over a dormitory on Friday. Emergency response teams had brought the situation under control by Saturday morning, but visitation at the prison remained temporarily canceled Monday.

During a search of the prison after Friday's uprising was contained, corrections officers found 30 cellphones, makeshift knives and other contraband, Horton said.

Monday's was the third incident of violence within a week in the state's troubled prison system, which has come under criticism for overcrowding and low staffing levels. The most recent monthly statistics available from the Alabama Department of Corrections show 830 prisoners housed at Holman in December. The prison was originally designed to hold 581 inmates.