A disturbance on Monday at the Westville Correctional Facility is under
investigation, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said.
DOC spokesman John Schrader characterized the disturbance--confined to the
General Services Complex--as a “larger number than normal of fights” which
erupted around supper time as inmates were going to and from the chow hall.
Around a dozen inmates were injured and one treated at the infirmary but no
one was transported to hospital, Schrader told the Chesterton Tribune
No correction staff were injured, there was no property damage, and no
lockdown of the General Services Complex was ever implemented, he added.
Although the prison’s Internal Affairs Division is still investigating, it’s
believed that the impetus for the fights was the routine re-location of some
of the inmates to other units at Westville. That re-location seems to have
affected the social “structure” within the General Services Complex,
So far 10 to 12 inmates have been identified as being involved in the
fights--which occurred over a period of a couple of hours--and investigators
are now trying to determine how many others might have been and the extent
of their involvement.
There was no lockdown of the General Services Complex, Schrader said:
inmates are still being fed in the chow hall, for instance, the day rooms
remain open, and TV privileges have not been revoked. But visitation for the
moment has been limited and some programming stopped. Several inmates have
also been moved to other DOC facilities in the wake of the disturbance.
Schrader noted that none of the other housing units at the Westville
Correctional Facility was affected by the disturbance. Fights are common
enough at the prison, he also said, with one to two daily throughout the
facility with a total inmate population of just around 3,200.