Multiple law enforcement agencies and the Norton Fire Department. are responding to a situation at a Kansas prison, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The Kansas Organization of State Employees reported a riot at Norton Correctional Facility, a prison in central Kansas, on its official Twitter account around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
“Huge riot broken out at Norton Correctional Facility. Buildings are burning and some inmates have gotten weapons,” the union for state workers tweeted.
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Samir Arif, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, confirmed that multiple law enforcement agencies and a local fire department were responding to the situation at the prison, which has a capacity of 835 inmates.
“All I can tell you is there’s a situation,” Arif said.
Arif said in a phone call around 11:30 p.m. that there were no reported injuries. He later added that “an inmate disturbance,” took place at 9:30 p.m.
The situation at Norton follows weeks of unrest in Kansas’ prisons, which prompted Gov. Sam Brownback to announce a pay raise for prison workers last month to help facilities deal with high staff turnover that has exacerbated safety issues.