Reports say unrest has erupted at prison in southern Alabama

Holman Correctional Facility. Image courtesy Alabama Dept of Corrections

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – A prison in southern Alabama is on lockdown after violence erupted at the facility late Friday.

A prison spokesman says two prison officials were stabbed, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said the warden and a corrections officer were stabbed after prisoners tried to take control of one of the dormitories at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in southern Alabama, just outside of Atmore. The facility houses death row inmates and is the only facility in the state that carries out executions.

The most recent monthly statistics available from the state show 830 prisoners housed at Holman in December. The prison’s population included 161 men on death row.

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