U.P. prisoners transferred after fight, sergeant hurt

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

About 20 state inmates were transferred from Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe after a fight broke out Monday among two groups of prisoners. One prisoner was stabbed in a separate incident and a prison sergeant was treated for injuries.

Located in Chippewa County in the Upper Peninsula, Kinross was on lockdown Tuesday, said Chris Gautz, a Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman, as state officials look into the multiple incidents.

The first incident began around 2:30 p.m. Monday when two different groups of inmates began to fight in front of their housing units, Gautz said. Two prisoners were taken to a health care facility in the prison and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A female sergeant responding to the fight suffered injuries as she ran to the scene. She was taken to an emergency room at a nearby hospital for treatment, he said.

About an hour later in a separate incident, a prisoner was found with stab wounds inside his housing unit, Gautz said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, received care and was released within a few hours.

Gautz said the incidents did not rise to the level of a riot, but there is evidence the incidents could have been gang related.

“With incidents like this, we did remove a number of prisoners and transferred them to other facilities around the state. The facility remains on lockdown until the warden feels it’s safe to return back to normal operations,” he said.

Kinross is a medium and minimum security prison for males with about 1,200 inmates.

JChambers@detroitnews.com