|N.B. prison under lockdown after fights|
|By Canadian Press|
The 455 inmates at New Brunswick's Dorchester penitentiary were placed under lockdown Friday after a string of assaults.
There were at least five assaults in the 24 hours leading up to the lockdown, which began at 6 p.m. and continued Saturday afternoon, said deputy warden Ed Muise.
"We had dealt with a number of those and thought we got to the bottom of it, but as it turned out there was another assault and we decided it would be best to lock the place down,'' said Muise.
He said the lockdown was to protect inmates and officers, and to allow for a thorough investigation.
Inmates were confined to their cells except for one hour for recreation and 15 minutes to shower.
During those times, the inmates would be under strict supervision, said Muise.
"Doing a lockdown is very unusual,'' he said. "It's very restrictive and it's not what we prefer to do, but right now it's a matter of safety.''
Muise said the lockdown would continue until prison officials completed their investigation and were satisfied the situation was under control.
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