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St. Clair Prison
Equal Justice Initiative

Five inmates were hospitalized last night after a fight broke out in a prison dormitory near Birmingham.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says the disturbance began around 6 p.m. last night at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama. Horton says several inmates were involved in a fight in a prison dorm. Five of those inmates had to be removed from the prison and taken to a hospital for treatment. The prison is currently on lockdown and the incident is under investigation. Horton says it isn’t yet known if any weapons were used in the fight.

Holman Correctional Facility
Sharon Steinmann / AP

Alabama Department of Corrections officials say a state prison was placed on lockdown yesterday after inmates set a fire inside a dorm.

A statement from the department says officers at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala. responded to a fight between inmates yesterday afternoon around 3 p.m. Other inmates then reportedly "became aggressive" toward the guards responding to the fight. The statement says officers secured the door of the dorm, and some inmates inside started a fire.

Today starts the Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference in Birmingham. The two-day event was established to help families who are in need of resources and encouragement now that a family member is incarcerated. Mary Kay Beard is coordinating the conference. She says inmate’s families serve time just as surely as the inmates do.

"But no one tells them what the rules are, and I don't mean specific rules but how to walk through this time of incarceration and we want to provide to them resources that will be helpful."