Tipton Correctional Center inmate accounts conflict with DOC officials

2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Monday, July 09 2018 Jul 9, 2018 Monday, July 09, 2018 3:17:00 PM CDT July 09, 2018 in News
By: Alayna Chapie, KOMU 8 Reporter

TIPTON - The Tipton Correctional Center went on lockdown July 4 after a disturbance broke out among the inmates.

Guards regained controlled around 5:30 the next morning.

Between the guards, inmates and the Missouri Department of Corrections, there are several conflicting accounts of what happened and what is currently going on at the Tipton Correctional Center. 

The Missouri Department of Corrections said the inmates destroyed some windows and broke some shower divider walls in some housing units during the riot. 

The guards and inmates on the other hand said housing unit 18 is destroyed. 

A Tipton Correctional Center worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said the inmates in the unit destroyed the entire interior. The unit is currently unusable. 

"The inmates are saying that this was just the beginning and are planning on doing something like this again," he said. 

KOMU 8 spoke with five inmates, who each said they do not plan to create another disturbance.

The inmates said 80 percent didn't participate in the riots, but are still being punished. 

Two of the inmates said all offenders were taken out of the unit in zip ties and put on the gymnasium floor. They were in the gym for six hours and said some of the inmates hands were turning blue. 

Multiple inmates also expressed concerns about the guards seizing their personal items. 

One inmate told KOMU 8 his family members called the Missouri Department of Corrections director to ask about their property.

The inmate said his family was told the correctional facility isn't allowed to discard their personal items, but multiple inmates said they believed their property had been thrown away. 

Both the work and multiple inmates agreed that staffing at the correctional center is a big problem. They said many officers are working overtime. 

The worker said if the Missouri Department of Corrections doesn't do something soon, it will have to call on the Missouri National Guard to help. 

The inmates said they are trying to be peaceful, but the guards are finding ways to aggravate the situation. 

KOMU 8 reached out to the Missouri Department of Corrections multiple times on Monday, but did not hear back. 

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