Inmate attack injures prison staffers

Updated 07:01 pm CDT Sep. 8, 2015 Originally published 05:29 pm CDT Sep. 8, 2015

ALLOUEZ — Three staffers at Green Bay Correctional Institution were injured Tuesday morning in an assault by an inmate.

Two of the victims were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, a Green Bay Metro Fire Department official said.

Their conditions were not immediately available, but a Corrections Department spokeswoman said their injuries are "not life-threatening." It was unclear if the victims are corrections officers or if they hold other jobs at the prison.

Details about the incident were limited, but Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab said the "isolated incident" happened about 11 a.m. She was not able to say what sparked the incident, and did not know where inside the maximum-security prison it occurred.

"Staff quickly responded to the isolated incident by securing the inmate and providing assistance to the assaulted staff members," she said. "DOC staff received nonlife-threatening injuries and family members of affected DOC staff have been notified. The Brown County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating."

GBCI, which opened in 1898, houses about 1,100 inmates, according to its 2014 annual report. Listed capacity is 749.

The prison has a staff of 379. About 256 of those are corrections officers.

In mid-July, the prison was placed on "modified lockdown" following a fight involving inmate groups.

— dschneid@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @PGDougSchneider.

Originally published 05:29 pm CDT Sep. 8, 2015 Updated 07:01 pm CDT Sep. 8, 2015
Doug Schneider
Reporter/government watchdog
Green Bay Press Gazette
I cover Brown County and several of Green Bay's larger suburbs for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, where I've worked since June 2010. I'm also part of the network's Wisconsin watchdog team. 

Life before Green Bay included growing up in Chicago's western suburbs, studying journalism at Syracuse University, and working at the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and several other news operations in upstate New York.

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