Inmate Hospitalized After Assault

An Alaska prison inmate is in an Anchorage hospital tonight, according to Alaska State Troopers following an assault by a fellow inmate. The alleged assault happened on Friday evening. A corrections officer at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward called it in.

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Troopers say Jason Rak, 25, assaulted another inmate, Forrest Ahvakana, 48. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says Ahvakana was beaten, but it is not certain if a weapon was used. Peters says Troopers believe the attack was planned.

Kaci Schroeder, spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections, did not return calls, but Brad Wilson, with the Alaska Correctional Officers Association, says the incident is indicative of understaffing at state corrections institutions

Spring Creek has had previous disturbances. In October of 2012, inmates assaulted a corrections officer, and in August of this year, more than a dozen inmates faced disciplinary action after they destroyed toilets and sinks in their cells.