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NEW DETAILS: Iowa State Penitentiary off lockdown status

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FORT MADISON (KWWL) -- The Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison has begun the transition from lockdown to normal operation after four inmates were stabbed on Tuesday.

Fred Scaletta, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections, says the facility is now on restrictive movement status and is expected to return to normal operation status early next week.

Scaletta says four inmates were stabbed around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday during an isolated but serious incident.

The four inmates involved were Derek Smith who is serving a life sentence for First Degree Murder , Heath Burgess who is incarcerated for Second Degree Sex Abuse and First Degree Robbery, Joshua George who is serving a life sentence for First Degree Murder, Second Degree Kidnapping and First Degree Robbery and Toby Michael who is also serving a life sentence for First Degree Murder.

Only one of the inmates involved remains in the hospital.

Scaletta says a full search was completed during the search and the inmate population was cooperative during the lockdown and search.

The incident remains under investigation and appears to be an isolated dispute amongst the four inmates.  Scaletta says no details on the incident can be released until the investigation is completed.

No staff members were injured. 

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