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6/2/2010 6:01:00 AM
Officials downplay 'riot' at Kingman prison on Monday
Seven injured in fight, none serious

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Cerbat unit of the Arizona State Prison-Kingman was on lockdown Tuesday following an incident on Memorial Day.

Carl Stuart, spokesperson for Management and Training Corporation, which operates the prison, said a fight broke out among inmates in the east yard of the minimum security Cerbat unit around 1 p.m. Monday. He said it is unclear how many inmates were actually involved in the fight since the vast majority were simply spectators.

The fight lasted nearly 45 minutes and was between black and white inmates, according to Barrett Marson, director of communications for Arizona State Prison. Some of the inmates used padlocks wrapped in socks as weapons.

Eight inmates were taken to the hospital following the fight. Seven were observed and released, while an eighth inmate was treated for a condition unrelated to the fight. No staff members or guards were injured, according to Stuart.

Officials are still investigating what caused the altercation to break out. Stuart said the lockdown was a precautionary measure and would last indefinitely. Inmates in the Hualapai unit were on restrictive movement, meaning that all non-essential activities, such as rehabilitation classes, were temporarily suspended.

Those interested in the status of inmates may contact the prison at (928) 565-2460, ext. 2218 or 2227.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011
Article comment by: Joe Law


DUI? Nine years? So how many DUIs or should I say, how many people are dead? Give me a brake! If you drive drunk and kill, be prepared to do the time! Anyone who thinks that driving drunk is NOT a serious criminal offense, really needs to wake up! Two of my friends are dead because some inconsiderate fool drove drunk! You get no sympathy from me!

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010
Article comment by: Arthur Merchant

As a former CO employed in a med security prison In GA for 10 years i was surprised to see how the kingman priso operates this is a low/med prison with mis classified prisoners. as i read all the information out there i find thta most of the inmates located at this prison our close in or max prisoners. A med prison should not have the level of violence witnessed here. Also this prison does not even come close to meeting realistic expectations of a med prison. someone needs to wake up

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Article comment by: sage chavez

i was a recent inmate at this prison and I have to say at the Hualapai Unit were I was before MTC housed us with level 3 custody inmates and that is against the law. But on MTC's website they claimed to have nothing but level 2 inmates when 85% of the yard was level 3. They moved us 200 at a time to the Cerbat Unit every Monday. They are lucky a riot never occred earlier. Putting us on lockdown at the Cerbat unit only means you can not go outside the dorm lockedin the dorm with 200 people. That prison Cerbat) was not ready to be ran and operated but they rushed it due to AZDOC. There is no kind of structure to that place and I believe the State or some private organization should go in on a surprise visit to the facility because when they are aware of the visit they take other percautions to make sure the walk thrus go well. They warn us ahead of time and threaten us to comply. This prison needs to be investigated to the fullest only when they are caught off guard will people see the truth as to what is really going on there.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010
Article comment by: Yvonne Kobold

I am a mother of a current inmate, who was housed in Cerbat. He had just stepped outside the the other inmates rushed in and locked themselves in the "house". It wasn't bad enough that they took all those inmates and tried to place them in a facility that clearly can't house them, but to put the gaurds in danger, to gaurd what? When rabid dogs go bad, the get shot. What the heck do you do when 100+ men go "rabid"? The guard to prisoner ration out numbers the guards by 3 inmates. The guards are men and women like you and I. They are trained to handle such actions as those at Kingman, but they aren't trained to handle them in the masses. Do we care about the guards? Well we better, because they are the ones keeping are inmates safe. One more thing, my son had property that was taken from him during all of this. All his hygein, his TV, his DC shoes, his coffee, etc. Why hasn't anything been done about returning the items that were stollen? They have reciepts. Would one consider that a Robbery and isn't robbery a crime? Why should one who is a victom as well, have to lose everything because he's an inmate. Give back what belongs or file charges. Theft in punishable by law.

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Get Real

Are you serious. Here is a great example of how someone can just listen to someone who was not there. My friend was there in the riot and when I told him about this he said it was a lie. He doesn't like the place but only has a few weeks left. Sheila you husband mislead you.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Article comment by: sheila mana

My husband just got moved to Kingmen when the riot broke out. Was told when the guards let the whites eat first, then let the blacks eat. They locked the blacks in the eating area and then release all the white inmates where the beds are. The white inmates stole the blacks food, clothes, shoes everything but their tvs. How fair is this? The blacks are out numbered there and was also told the warden there is racist. This has to stop!

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Article comment by: S D

What a violent shame specifically for those inmates who are non violent offenders to be faced with the horror of having to stand by their race when they are just average guys who drank and drove, who have families, who are scared of what may happen, who do their best in a bad situation, who saw the devistation of what really happened. I spoke to my fiance he is traumatized by the violence he witnessed he does not have a violent bone in his body I know this...Thank you and Praise God for all those who went unharmed physically both inmates and officers..There is need for the proposition for non violent offenders to be released after serving 65% of their time this should be passed, so all the family men can return safely home to their families. Budget cut this! 9years for DUI 3 for child mosestation..Alcoholics are rehabilitatable child molesters are not and they live out here roaming free with our children. Arizona WAKE UP!!!!!! Budget cuts mentally ill, and schools????Let our non violent offenders out to care and support their families some on assistance wow another cut...Here's your sign Arizona backwards Congress oh go decorate some more streets and freeways so we can't afford to take care of our people God you people should be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Article comment by: Real Issue

OK these men made mistakes, are paying for it & hopefully will be rehabilitated. The real issue is that many of the Kingman prison inmates are out in our community daily on work programs. That is probably fine if they are accompanied at all times by properly trained correction officers. The real issue is there NOT! The work program at Mohave Community College utilizes inmates, basically on a full-time basis, the majority of which are not incarcerated for alcohol related charges, on all three campuses of MCC without an officer present. MCC employees are made to undertake the responsiblity of supervising the inmates in an atmosphere filled with temptation and no cells. Recipe for disaster.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Article comment by: Mother Of Inmate

As a mother of an inmate at this prison, and having read all the responses, I have to agree more with X INMATE's response. This problem was caused because of the state moving 200 inmates a week into Cerbat, a brand new facility at ASPC Kingman. They just rushed it through, without giving the inmates time to acclimate. That's asking for trouble, and the state run prisons who were in such a hurry to get them moved so they could save a few bucks, knew dang well what was going to happen.
This facility COULD be a lot safer, a lot better, etc. if it didn't have to deal with the state forcing ungodly amounts of new inmates on them in record time. This facility offers a lot for the fact, I've been told by CO's there, that they don't want the trouble makers...they want the guys who are working to HAVE a life when they get out. They want to help to educate them, give them life skills, etc., and the policy was, before, that if they don't want to be there and make their lives better, they could get out and go back to places like Buckeye or Florence, etc. Unfortunately, they're not going to be able to continue the policy as long as AZ is looking for a way to save a buck at any cost....even if it is human life, inmate or officer. WAKE UP, ARIZONA.

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010
Article comment by: UFC Promoter


Palen Vs. Success for life

next its

Mom Vs. My thoughts....

and the main event......

Robocop Vs. X inamte!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And love my brother can just cry............sniff snifff

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010
Article comment by: Anon. C.O.

I graduted from officer academy out at MTC this year. Just like over ahundred other COs did. After a few short months at the facility I know this: What prisons are and how they are operated is completely unknown to the general public. The inmates are not animals. They are men. Some are bad, some just made too many mistakes, almost none of them want to be there, and all are human beings. The riot didn't take place because they are animals. As for the officers, I'm proud because for a staff that is now almost entirely made up of rookies like myself, managed to secure the incident with no staff injuries, and minimal injury to the inmates (who even in the thick of things warned officers to get back and stay away from the dorm it was taking place in).

Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2010
Article comment by: Howard Palen

Success For Life.

With your comments so critical of MTC and you no longer being employed there, why use an alias? Man up and use your real name.

I do work there and have been for over 3 years. I have seen some problems that did not seem to have been addressed so quickly but I also know that lately we have had some new people in higher positions that are doing an outstanding job and are correcting any heretofore "inequities". MTC is a for profit company but so what? Are you yourself non-profit? Everything is about making a profit, let's get real. BUT, MTC does not compromise the safety of it's employees or the inmates for the sake of a buck. The prison environment is very unique and complicated. Until you have studied it and experienced it you can not possible appreciate how difficult it is to run a prison and keep it all together. My special appreciation goes to the C.O.s who do a great but underappreciated job of protecting the public and especially my ass!!!!

Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2010
Article comment by: Whatever wilber

Food for thought:
Let's put the seniors in jail, and the
criminals in a nursing home.
This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies, and walks, they'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they'd receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool, and education,
simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P. J.'s and legal aid would be free, on request.
Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
Each senior could have a P. C., T. V., Radio, and daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors, to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to.
The "criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone, and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.
Live in a tiny room, and pay $5000.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out. Justice for all.

Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Article comment by: john doe

I was an inmate at kingman north building 5 and alot of you guys should be ashamed the officers signed up for the job and you put us in a place the is filled with racism, drugs, and corrupt officers and expect us to just behave please

Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"a good guy that just made some mistakes" and "if you have one drink for happy hour and accidently kill someone in a car accident are you going to consider yourself a animal." ending with "Dont ever call my brother an animal again cause that just [makes me mad]."

Here's a thought, let's ask the victims family what they think of his "mistakes". Try showing some concern for them, they deserve it more than your brother getting 3 meals a day and a free education.

Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Article comment by: x inmate x inmate

Some of you are very uneducated. i just left that prison in April.First off every one new amongst inmates this would happen, to many new inmates put in a 200 man dorm rather then the 59 man dorm we were moved from. The state moved 500 level 2 inmates to other prisons around the state then mixed the 2 ans 3 together. That prison in lucky a big riot didn't happen while we were all mixed.And as far as the guards go they couldn't do anything right away they would be putting their life in danger. They are out numbered. And as far us inmates go they never want to try and deliberately hurt a guard. That gives you allot of time added on to level 2 inmates that are going home in 3 years or less. They moved to many inmates to quick from around the state. When a prison gets established with leaders etc every knows the rules whos in charge etc. But the state had to get this new side open to quick for money reasons. So they moved 1000 established inmates the first 4 weeks and i bet if them inmates were the on y inmates moved their the riot wouldn't have happened. the problem was moving in the other half of the inmates from other prisons and mixing them so quick. and its like a time bomb, people not knowing whats going on or trying to establish them selves as they were from the prison they came from.The state will never have an open bed old or new for more then a few days to much money lost. If they cold they would move 1000 in a day if the could. The other thing is lock down sounds real bad it only means the 200 are in their own dorms, they still have t vs radios , their food cards working out etc, it just means they cant go out on the yard for everyone's safety.And for you that say inmates ARE animals you don't no anything. I was their for 4 months i have a masters degree never hurt anyone in my life and most of all the guys there are everyday guys that your arouind everyday and don't even know it. Every time you are at the store or the bank anywhere look around and 70% of every man you see are the same exact people your talking about so if you think just the people in facility are animals then you best believe you live in a jungle and dont leave your house because the guys you are talking about are the same. You are the same guy i bet that cheated on his taxes or took some medication while operating a vehicle, thats all it takes so be careful what you wish for you could end up in a cage yourself. By the way most the guys in their are great decent people, its guys like you that say inmates are animals are the real criminals your a thief of decent humanity. Things will get to normal now at the prison them guys are afraid just like any of you at home trust me, 90% of them didnt want trouble but had no choice or they got bigger trouble later.

Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Article comment by: ACIDI3URN XER0C00L

MTC needs robocop! remember robocop2 when he kicked that guys butt who plays the dad in that seventy's show? sweeeeet.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010
Article comment by: common sense

Hey success for life, first off... I wonder why you don't work there anymore? Typically people who sympathize with the inmates (or maybe pray for them, get comprimised and fired). I would like to thank you for not working there anymore. By the way, the programming there is trying to teach responsibility, and build positive habits. So maybe you could tell everyone the real reason why you dont work there anymore? HINT* (The inmates and their families remain in my prayers. )

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010
Article comment by: Success for Life?

I worked at this prison for several years. At first I thought the work was important and made a difference. The lives of the men could be greatly improved and they were provided this opportunity through prison programming.

Unfortunately what I came to realize is that it was a business. Management and Training Corporation is very much a for profit corporation. With profit as their goal they look to minimize costs. Often unqualified individuals are hired or promoted to positions that they do not meet the minimum requirements. They are selected to roles of leadership based on their loyalty to the company not their skills or abilities.

It is tragic that this event happened. The investigation should not be to assign blame to the inmates after all it is a prison. The blame should be assigned to the individuals that have taken on the task of housing and protecting the men and failed in this task. It is my sincere hope that they determine at the management level that should be held accountable and replace them with someone qualified.

One final thought about the place. I find it offensive that they named half the complex after a Native American tribe. Hualapai means “people of the tall pines” it concerns me that Arizona State Prison – Kingman felt in titled to name half the facility after a culture that may not have wanted to be associated with a correctional facility.

The inmates and their families remain in my prayers.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010
Article comment by: Felicia Contreras

Some people need to think before they speak. These officers know that when they walk into these prisons they are walking into an inmates home. The prison doesnt belong to the corrections officers. Yes they do put their lives on the line but they knew that when they chose to work there. Ive seen first hand how some of the guards try to act like they are hardasses. Inmates make mistakes no one is perfect.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010
Article comment by: A Correctional Officer's Mother

I've read all the comments.

Yes, seems to be much downplaying, as to what well as "rumors", etc....

My daughter is a C/ well as a TSU (Swat)....

I went to visit her on Tues, not knowing what had happened the day before. Only to find out that she'd gotten home about 4 a.m....She'd been "called out", as TSU was activated the previous day. I took home my grand-daughter, as my daughter, who she was still trying to stay awake to watch her kept nodding off....

Later, after my daughter got some much needed sleep, she told me what happened. One of her Lieutenants were there, who had been off, but trusted my daughter to tell her the facts......

Those of you reading just the newspaper account, need to think again........

Over 200 of the inmates were injured. Minor. About 14 went to the hospital. One in critical condition. He was comatose. Sadly, he was not expected to survive. And he was just a "casualty", as he was in a wheel chair and had no part in the riot.

The Correctional officers, and/or TSU members have family also. My daughter admitted how chaotic, and scary it was. But they DID THEIR BEST to secure the prison. And they did. She told me that one inmate, amid all the chaos was concerned because of looting, that he had LOST his commissary items. She told me that she looked at him, and said, "are you kidding? That can be replaced. "I'm here to save your life!" As chaos, and containing the inmates insued....

Ever the Mom, and compassionate person, I replied to her that that was probably all this person in "his world", had. I understand that man's/inmates concern, but I completely understand my daughter's priorities!

I am so grateful that my daughter came out of this "safe". Unscathed. Physically at least.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010
Article comment by: Love my Brother

All your comments make me sick. i have a brother in there that is a good guy that just made some mistakes. He almost has graduated college while he is in there. Like someone said before why dont all of you reavalute your lives because if you really think about it you have broken the law once or twice in your lives. So tell me if you have one drink for happy hour and accidently kill someone in a car accident are you going to consider yourself a animal. Yea thats what I thought probably not. I also feel for the guards. They also have a family to go home to but they choose that job. This yard was a low yard and for people that are about to get out in just a short time. Dont ever call my brother an animal again cause that just [makes me mad].

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010
Article comment by: my thoughts... p

There is no shame to Kingman Mining... the information needs to be told. Its important that people really know what happened Monday, if interested.

I would like to say that everyone there is not a killer or violent. A good majority would have rather had a peaceful Memorial Day on Monday. However, the prison politics does induce these behaviors. If you dont fight for your race, white, black, paysa, mexican, native american.... Your own race will make sure that you wont forget you didnt stand up.

Now, that is a real safety measure. True it is prison, but what measures can be taken to eliminate this behavior?

Interesting how individuals think here as one said early 'sitting at home' ( fyi I am not at home).I really am ashamed to say that I am from Arizona. The sarcasic remarks are certainly uncalled for and surely the comment about shooting them. Wow... I would say that is violent behavior, your thinking it.

From both sides of the fence, I have an individual I care and love there on the inside and I have family who work with Corrections and DPS. Certainly is a mess on both sides! I would say the main issue is the safety for both COs and inmates.

The measures need to be analyzed, evaluated and to make the appropiate changes.

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010
Article comment by: q q

To His Wife: While yes, a minimum yard is supposed to be the "safest" of yards, keep in mind these are guys are doing time for crimes that they were CAUGHT doing. Who knows what they got away with before whatever DUI or drug charge they caught. And a "good" inmate doesn't always equal a "good" person. I'm not saying the minimums, or any inmate for that matter, should be treated like animals. A lot of them made a bad decison and are paying the consequences, and want nothing to do with senseless acts of cruelty or violence such as this and just want to get home to their families in one piece. This is unfortunately, another part of being in prison, and the lockdown isn't a punishment, it's for THEIR safety until things calm down and get sorted out. It's ignorant to blame the correctional staff for "running away" unless you were there and got a firsthand account, everything else is heresy. Shame on anyone running their mouth without the facts, investigations exist for a reason.It was probably horrible for everyone, inmates and staff alike that were involved and lets thank God noone got seriously hurt or died. Thank you MTC staff for a job well done.

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010
Article comment by: My Opinion

@ Shawn Cornwall:
Couldn't have said it better!!
@ Everyone who has a "loved one" in prison:
If your loved one wanted to stay at the Holiday Inn then they probably should have considered living a crime free life. So sorry they got dust on their face and the room service sucks. keep living your life as an enabler, it will get you nowhere.

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