Details Released On Seward Prison Disturbance

Alaska Department of Corrections officials say a disturbance at Seward’s Spring Creek Correctional Center on Monday night began when inmates were ordered to make beds and clean rooms.

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Director of institutions Bryan Brandenberg says that inmates in the segregation unit were not happy with a directive by acting superintendent Dean Marshall that they would participate in morning inspection. Brandenberg compared what happened next to children throwing a tantrum.

About 14 segregation inmates late Monday night yelled, broke porcelain toilets and sinks and flooded cells. The disturbance ended about nine hours later on Tuesday morning. Brandenberg says just one officer was on duty in the 32-man unit.

According to officials, six prisoners suffered cuts or scrapes in the incident on Monday. One inmate was pepper-sprayed when he did not cooperate.