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Inmates Take Over Housing Unit At U.P.’s Chippewa Correctional Facility

Inmates took over a housing unit at the Upper Peninsula’s Chippewa Correctional Facility last night, and held it til approximately 4am this morning.

No injuries to staff were reported, however the unit suffered extensive damage, according to MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz.

The problem started after a fight broke out between three inmates Sunday evening approximately 10:30pm.

An inmate was tazed, and was sent to the hospital, after the fight was broken up.

After the ambulance left, inmates left their cells and approached the officer station.

All officers were able to exit safely.

Just after 4am, prison staff, with the help of an emergency response team, which was comprised of staff from the border patrol and state police, moved in and returned all the inmates back to their cells.

Gautz went on to say officials used “non-lethal devices” to keep inmates in their cells, while the others were rounded up, but didn’t go into detail on what methods were used. 

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