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Brief Fight Reported At Lansing Prison; No Injuries Reported

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The maximum-security unit at Kansas’ Lansing prison was on lockdown on Friday afternoon following a fight earlier in the day in the prison lunchroom.

A fight between what state officials are describing as “two offender groups” broke out shortly after noon on Friday as inmates lined up for lunch.

A spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Corrections says there were no serious injuries in the altercation, which took guards about 40 minutes to bring under control.

Friday’s fight is the latest in a series of disturbances that have occurred this summer at several Kansas prisons. Early last week, rioting inmates at the Norton Correctional Facility started fires and threatened guards with chunks of broken glass.

State officials say an investigation into what caused Friday’s disturbance is underway.

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