The inmate takeover at Warkworth Institution seems to have settled down Wednesday afternoon with only a few inmates still not in their own cells. Questions remain about the cause of the conflict with the prisoners.
During the prison riot that started July 21 around 9 p.m. (see previous coverage), prisoners took over the infirmary and some reportedly overdosed on medication. The prisoners in question are all in stable condition at hospital, while two other inmates were taken to hospital with injuries not related to overdosing on medication taken from the infirmary.
There has been no confirmation the riot had to do with a drug problem at the prison.
In a phone interview, Assistant Warden Anne Anderson said, "At this point we do not know the reason behind the incident. There will be an investigation into the matter."
Anderson emphasized the prison takes these types of situations very seriously. "From the onset the safety of the inmates and staff was the main concern," she said. "At no time was the public at risk. The situation has now been resolved."
In June, a package of drugs was intercepted as it came into the prison. An investigation by the Security Intelligence Office was behind that interception that nabbed 2,124.1 grams of various drugs. The drugs had been sent into the prison inside of two paint cans.
On July 4, a visitor to the jail attempted to smuggle drugs through the Visits and Correspondence area on the grounds. That bust seized 9.2 grams of tobacco and 5.6 of what appeared to be cocaine.
The medium security facility was opened on Oct. 14, 1967 and introduced the Living Unit concept in 1971.