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Pendleton Prison Slowly Returning to Normal After Two Lockdowns

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UPDATE/PENDLETON, OR  - The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution is slowly returning to normal operations. Regular visiting will resume on June 4th. 

EOCI was placed on lockdown May 26, and again on May 30, following multiple inmate fights. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incident. 

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PENDLETON, OR - Hours after the Oregon Corrections Department said an Eastern Oregon prison was back to normal operations after fights earlier in the week, the prison returned to lockdown status Friday night after a disturbance involving 14 inmates.
    
Corrections spokeswoman Liz Craig said early Saturday that visits at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton have been canceled until further notice. Visits had been scheduled to resume Saturday.
    
Craig said no additional details were immediately available.
    
Multiple inmate fights broke out Monday night at dinnertime. Forty-six inmates were put in disciplinary segregation. Two staff members suffered injuries.
    
Craig says an investigation continues to determine the cause of both Monday's fights and Friday's incident.
    
The medium-security prison houses approximately 1,700 men.

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