Prisoners start riot, destroying property at Lansing Correctional Facility

Several prisoners at the Lansing Correctional Facility have started rioting Thursday afternoon, prison officials say.

Randy Bowman with the Kansas Department of Corrections said at about 3 p.m. multiple inmates got out of their cells and began to riot at the Kansas prison.

They are all located in cell house C and did not escape prison grounds, Bowman said. Staff members were able to safely leave the cell house.

It’s unclear what started the riot, he said.

As of 6 p.m. about 20 of the prisoners are still rioting and destroying property, Bowman said, but many have gone back to their cells.

Prison officials are monitoring them through and on-site. Staff hope they will just destroy property and eventually stop, Bowman said.

Additional Department of Corrections staff from Topeka are assisting, and other law enforcement agencies are on standby.

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