Guard Suffers Minor Injury After Arkansas Prison Disturbance

Dec 1, 2016

File photo of the Varner Unit in 1994, site of Wednesday night's disturbance.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A state prison spokesman says one correctional officer suffered a minor injury after a disturbance Wednesday night at a maximum-security prison in Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says about a dozen inmates broke barracks windows and set small trash fires within one housing area at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County, about 65 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Graves says correctional officers were able to "regain control" of the situation and that no inmates were injured during the incident.

The Varner Unit has a capacity of about 1,700 inmates.