Operations return to normal after lockdown at Bowden jail

The three-day Bowden Institution lockdown has ended.

  • Sep. 7, 2011 3:08 p.m.

The three-day Bowden Institution lockdown has ended.

Dan Spiller, prison spokesman said on Tuesday that the lockdown ended on Monday at 4 p.m.

“We’re totally back to normal operations. All services are reinstated,” he said.

The medium-security facility, which holds 564 offenders, was placed on lockdown at 8 a.m. on Friday after a series of isolated altercations had broken out between two inmates.

Spiller said the incidents were “very minor” in nature but prompted a lockdown and search of the facility for safety reasons.

He said everything is quiet now.

The fights involved only one-on-one incidents.

The minimum-security annex, which holds 76 offenders, was not affected by the lockdown.

About half a dozen isolated altercations broke out earlier last week.

All visits to the federal facility were cancelled as staff conducted searches for contraband, including weapons.

This is at least the third lockdown at Bowden since May.

On May 21, a lockdown was taken to perform a search.

Another lockdown took place in June after an inmate was stabbed to death by another inmate, who was subsequently charged with murder.

His case is before the courts in Red Deer.