Inmates injured after power failure in Indianapolis prison

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Nearly a dozen inmates were injured in falls or fighting after a power outage caused a privately owned …

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Nearly a dozen inmates were injured in falls or fighting after a power outage plunged a privately operated Indianapolis prison into darkness early Monday and an emergency generator failed to start.

Indianapolis Power & Light crews reportedly cut a power line in the area where ice had built up when the outage hit Marion County Prison II shortly after 3:30 a.m., Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal said.

“We understand that IPL found problems on their line and they had to disconnect the line to deal with the ice,” he said. “The electricity was switched off. The generator could not be switched on again. “

According to Forestal, the prison’s generator is checked weekly.

During the blackout, eight inmates were rushed to hospital after suffering broken bones or minor injuries in falls or fights that broke out among inmates in the dark, Forestal said. Three other inmates were treated in the prison for minor injuries, and no inmates were seriously injured.

At the time of the blackout, there were 1,226 inmates in the prison, which is located on the east side of downtown Indianapolis, according to Forestal. The prison is privately operated by CoreCivic, which has a contract to house up to 1,233 inmates – all men.

A phone message was left Monday morning asking for a comment from Indianapolis Power & Light.

Power to the prison was cut for a total of about 10 minutes between about 3:30 a.m. and about 4:10 a.m. as the power was repeatedly turned on and off, said Katie Carlson, an information officer for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

Unlike Marion County Prison, which is located in downtown Indianapolis and operated by the Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Prison II does not house women or teenagers, she said.

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