Alabama governor will visit prison where inmates have staged 2 riots

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is visiting a maximum-security prison where inmates have staged two uprisings.

Bentley’s office says he’ll be at Holman prison in southwest Alabama on Tuesday morning.

The governor already was asking state legislators to approve an $800 million bond issue to build four new, large prisons before the violence occurred.

Officials say corrections officers Monday afternoon regained control of a Holman dormitory where inmates barricaded themselves inside. Officials say inmates had seized control of the dorm for several hours after officers tried to apprehend a prisoner suspected of stabbing another inmate.

The first outbreak of violence occurred Friday. Prison officials say inmates stabbed the warden and a corrections officer and lit fires as they tried to seize control of a section of the dormitory.

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