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Walla Walla prison restrictions in place after inmate brawls

Prison counselors talk to inmates  at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in this 2009 file photo. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Prison counselors talk to inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in this 2009 file photo. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press

WALLA WALLA – A unit at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla remains on restricted movement following three recent inmate fights.

The Union-Bulletin reported that restricted movement means activities such as recreation time and showers are suspended for inmates.

The first fight had broken out in one of the prison’s units on Dec. 21 and involved about 14 inmates.

The other fights happened about an hour apart on Christmas morning. Both involved about 20 inmates and took place in the outside recreation yards at the prison’s West Complex.

One of the Sunday fights resulted in an inmate receiving stitches at a nearby hospital.

State Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay says officials are working to determine the cause of the fights.

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