6 injured in Durham jail fight

From Staff ReportsSeptember 28, 2008 

— Two detention officers and four inmates at the Durham County jail were injured Saturday night when a fight broke out about 6:45 p.m.

Inmates in Pod 3D refused to be locked back in and assaulted the detention officer on duty, according to Capt. Ricky Buchanan, the sheriff's office spokesman.

Deputies and Durham police officers had the fight under control by 7:15 p.m., Buchanan said in an e-mail statement.

An officer was brought out of the jail on a stretcher. The sheriff's office is investigating and said it would not release names or additional information until Monday.

The Durham County Detention Facility opened in the summer of 1996 with 576 single cells.

Its two-wing configuration provides maximum separation between detention pods where the inmates are housed, according to the sheriff's office Web site.

Each of the 12 pods contains two levels of single cells clustered around a dayroom area, with access to outside recreation space.

Two pods are configured with special supervision requirements. One of these special 48-bed units houses N.C. Department of Correction prisoners.

Since the opening of the facility, 160 bunk beds have been added in some cells to increase the facility's capacity to 736, according to the Web site.

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