UPDATE: 400 inmates protest at U.P. Prison

UPDATE: 400 inmates protest at U.P. Prison

UPDATE — Sunday, September 11th, 2016 9:30 a.m. EDT

The Michigan Department of Corrections has released more information in connection to Saturday’s protest at the Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe.

MDOC spokesperson Chris Gautz says 400 inmates began marching Saturday at 8:50 a.m. The protest was held to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Attica Correctional Facility riots in New York.

Officials and staff at the prison had the inmates back in their housing units at 12:30 p.m.

According to the Detroit Free Press, 150 of the 1,200 inmates were transferred to other facilities. Some housing units were damaged and a small fire was reportedly set while prison staff removed these inmates.

Emergency response teams and officers from other prisons were sent to Kinross to help restore order. No injuries were reported.


KINCHELOE — ABC 10 has learned that a couple hundred inmates at the Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe held a protest Saturday morning.

According to Chris Gautz, the spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections, a couple hundred prisoners marched in unison during their morning yard time. All of the protesting prisoners returned to their bunks early Saturday afternoon.

MDOC officials are still in the process of determining why the inmates held a protest. The protest was said to be peaceful in nature. Gautz said no injuries were reported.

The Kinross Correctional Facility houses Level I and II inmates. We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it becomes available.