Nevada prisons confirm attacks on staff, system-wide lockdown

By: - February 1, 2021 3:16 pm
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High Desert State Prison near Indian Springs about 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas is the largest institution in the Nevada Department of Corrections system. (NDOC Facebook photo)

The Nevada Department of Corrections is confirming a series of assaults on correctional officers within the last week but is declining to release details on the incidents, which led to a system-wide lockdown. 

“After a series of staff assaults last week, all Nevada Department of Corrections facilities were placed on lock down Thursday evening through the weekend,” public information officer William Quenga told the Current via email. “As of Monday, they are on modified operations.”

A source within the department says one attack took place last week at High Desert Correctional Center near Indian Springs in Southern Nevada.  Two guards were reportedly transported by ambulance to local hospitals. Another attack took place Friday at Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City.

The source says the attackers, members of the Surenos, a gang affiliated with the Mexican Mafia, have been or are being transferred to Ely State Prison, a maximum security penitentiary.   

“The Nevada Department of Corrections places the safety of its staff as the utmost priority. The Department cannot comment further as this is an active case under review,” Quenga said.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.