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Altercation at Hutchinson Correctional Facility sparked by mealtime rule

An altercation involving 20 inmates at a Kansas prison in which five correctional officers were injured lasted just two minutes before the situation was deemed “controlled,” investigative reports show.

Details of the February 4th melee at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility emerged in a trove of inmate disciplinary reports, use-of-force reports, investigative narratives, emails and other informa.tion obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request.  Those accounts show the large disturbance began at 5:58 p.m., and that there were no inmates hurt or damage to the facility.

The records indicate the trouble began after guards ordered inmates to leave the chow hall after the 20 minutes allotted for dinner was up so the next group of prisoners could be brought in to eat, but some of the men were not finished eating.

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