Vt. Dept. of Corrections to assess prison lockdown

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Officials from the state Department of Corrections plan to visit a Kentucky facility where more than 200 Vermont inmates have been under a longer-than-usual lockdown.

Richard Byrne is the department's out-of-state casework supervisor. He says a series of potentially gang-related assaults caused the lockdown at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville.

Vermont Defender General Matthew Valerio says the lockdown began Jan. 15. According to the Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the facility, inmates were confined to their cells until Wednesday and only allowed out with staff escort. The prison is now on modified lockdown, with prisoners allowed to access day rooms.

CCA says it has housed Vermont prisoners for 10 years and is committed to safety and security.

Valerio says most prison lockdowns last about three days.

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