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December 25, 2011

Penitentiary tries to curb inmate fights

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Since the penitentiary was converted to the special management unit model, three corrections officers have been stabbed by inmates and two prisoners in the past six months have been killed by cellmates they'd known and gotten along with for many months, even years, Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe said that while Lewisburg deals with some of the most difficult inmates, and has occasional violence problems because of it, he believes the special management unit program has contributed to a system-wide drop in violence.

Inmates elsewhere in the system simply do not want to end up in Lewisburg, he said.

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