August 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Corrections Department says officer recovering after stabbing at Jackson prison

Lansing — A state corrections officer was recovering at a local hospital Thursday after being stabbed several times with an ice pick by an inmate at the Robert G. Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, according to the department.

Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan said the “brutal attack” occurred around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Marlan said the officer, whose name was withheld, is a resident unit manager at the prison.

The prison immediately was placed on lockdown — meaning no prisoner movement is permitted — and will remain on lockdown until further notice, Marlan said.

He said the prisoner who carried out the attack has been transferred to another prison with a higher level of security. The department and Michigan State Police are investigating the incident.

The victim and other staff at the Cotton facility, who quickly responded, “did an excellent job of managing the volatile situation and preventing further escalation of the situation,” Marlan added.
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