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By Wolfgang Kurtz
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SCCC inmates trash module


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Spring Creek Correctional Center.

Spring Creek Correctional Center officials said Tuesday that no one was injured in a disturbance that involved 14 segregated inmates and ended Tuesday morning at the maximum security prison across Resurrection Bay from Seward.

The incident began about 11 p.m. Monday when inmates broke apart toilets newly installed in their cells and used the pieces to smash small windows in the locked areas.

According to sources, porcelain toilets were installed as part of renovations in the Juliet residential module. Correctional officers and the SCCC superintendent’s office had expressed security concerns because glass fixtures can be broken and used as bludgeons and sharp weapons. However, metal receptacles were overruled as a cost savings measure.

The fracas involved the recently merged Lowlifes and 1488 white supremacist gangs which were implicated in the assault on correctional officer Kim Spalding last year. Spalding was injured in an apparently premeditated attack by members of the gang. That incident has not resulted in criminal charges. In addition to that assault, Alaska State Troopers are investigating the latest incident which was confined to a single locked down mod.

The Department of Corrections stated that the prison has returned to normal operation. However, Alaska Correctional Officers Association maintains that changes in staffing and scheduling last year provoked a series of violent incidents and prolongs a recruitment crisis that keeps the facility from being fully operational. An arbitrator ordered the return of correctional officer staff to traditional shift schedules four months ago. DOC has yet to comply.

SCCC houses 315 inmates and is currently 33 correctional officers below its staffing quota of 134.


Reader Comments

99664 writes:

I'd like to know who over road common sense about the porcelain toilets? I'm betting that would be Bryan Brandenburg.


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