Central Utah Correctional Facility, Gunnison, Utah
August 7, 2019
According to prison officials, two prisoners allegedly conspired to attack a prison guard at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. One prisoner blocked a surveillance camera while another struck the guard multiple times in the face, causing damage to his nose and eye sockets.
The facility was placed on lockdown as a result of the incident. The Utah Department of Corrections stated via Facebook,
“All visiting at the Central Utah Correctional Facility has been cancelled for tomorrow, August 8. We share this update regarding our CUCF facility specifically with families and other visitors in mind. It is our purpose to help ensure visitors don’t make the trip all the way to Gunnison just to be turned away. The facility is on lockdown due to an offender assaulting one of our staff members this morning. No offenders have been harmed or injured.”
On August 9, the Utah Department of Corrections said via Twitter that operations at the facility had returned to normal.
A spokesperson for the Utah Department of Corrections declined to provide futher details on the incident.
UtahDepartmentofCorrections (@UtahDepartmentofCorrections). “All visiting at the Central Utah Correctional Facility has been cancelled for tomorrow…” [Facebook Post]. August 7, 2019.
“Gunnison prison closed to visitors Thursday after inmate assaults officer“, Fox 13, August 8, 2019.
UTDeptofCorrections (@UtahCorrections). “Operations have returned to normal at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, which means visiting is open.” [Tweet]. August 9, 2019.
“Two inmates attack CUCF guard, causing serious facial injuries, leading to lockdown“, Sanpete Messenger, August 14, 2019.
Kaitlin Felsted, Public Information Officer, Utah Department of Corrections. Email interview with Perilous. August 20, 2019.
Article published: 8/17/19. Updated 8/21/19.
Header photo source: Utah Department of Corrections