DANNEMORA — Clinton Correctional Facility was on lockdown after apparent gang-related incidents Thursday and Friday caused several injuries to inmates and staff.
According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, officials were investigating two incidents involving incarcerated individuals at the maximum security prison.
One occurred on Thursday, and another on Friday.
Sources close to the prison said the fights were gang-related.
On Thursday, no staff were injured; however, five incarcerated individuals were treated at the facility hospital for injuries and one was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, a statement from DOCCS said.
Officers reportedly fired a dozen canisters of gas into the yard fight in an effort to quell the disturbance.
On Friday, an incident resulted in three staff being transported to a local hospital for minor injuries they sustained while attempting to deescalate the altercation, and one incarcerated individual being treated at the facility hospital, the statement said.
Of the three staff injured, one reportedly was cut on the neck, another punched and another bitten.
"The department has zero tolerance for acts of violence in our facilities," DOCCS Spokesman Thomas Mailey said.
"Those found to have committed a crime inside a DOCCS facility will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The facility was placed on lockdown following the Friday incident, meaning inmates are not allowed out of their cells as the investigation continues.
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