The U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) introduced a temporary lockdown on federal jails nationwide, following a mass brawl at a high-security penitentiary in Beaumont, Texas, that left two people dead.
Earlier in the day, a fight broke out between several inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary Beaumont in Texas, resulting in four prisoners being hospitalised.
The clashes left two inmates dead after they were brought in for medical care.
“The bureau is securing our facilities as a temporary measure to ensure the good order of our institutions,’’ BOP spokesperson Emery Nelson was cited as saying by NBC News.
The lockdown, which would apply to 120 federal penitentiary facilities, would force prisoners to be generally confined to their cells without the opportunity for walkouts.
“For safety and security reasons, the BOP does not elaborate on specific security procedures,’’ Mr Nelson added.
He stressed that the lockdown was expected to be a short-lived measure.
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