The state has removed the remaining 180 inmates from a prison in Goldsboro that was the site of a inmate disturbance and fire Sunday night, the state Department of Public Safety announced Friday.
About 500 prisoners were moved from the Neuse Correctional Institution early Monday after, state officials said, a “small group” of prisoners started the disturbance about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the 828-bed, minimum security prison.
The disturbance was under control about 8:15 p.m., but deliberately set fires damaged a supply building and a building used to process new prisoners coming into the state system through the prison. Four dormitory buildings at the prison also were damaged, officials reported.
The state’s Prison Emergency Response Team, which pulls correction officers from other facilities to one where there is a problem, went into the prison to quell the disturbance. Officials also had help from Goldsboro police, the State Highway Patrol, Wayne County and Johnston County sheriff’s deputies and area firefighters, state officials reported.
State authorities have not yet said what prompted the disturbance or if any of the prisoners would face criminal charges
A small work crew of inmates will return to the facility to help with repairs and restoration of the prison. The repairs are expected to take several months, corrections spokesman Keith Acree said.