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UPDATE: Authorities respond to fights at state prison

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SPRINGFIELD S.D. (KELO) — Authorities have responded to a fight at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield.

According to the South Dakota Department of Corrections, six inmates were injured as a result of the fight. None of the injuries are life threatening.

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Officials with the DOC said some DOC staff members suffered minor injuries while “acting to restore order.” There was no assaults to staff, no loss of operations and no damage to property, according to the DOC.

KELOLAND News also reached out to Gov. Kristi Noem’s office, the Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and the attorney general’s office for more information.

According to the DOC, there were 1,227 male inmates located at the Mike Durfee State Prison in May 2024.

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According to the DOC’s annual report, Mike Durfee State Prison has a designed capacity of 963 inmates and an operational capacity of 1,043 inmates. The level III facility was operating at 106% of its design capacity as of June 2023.

KELOLAND’s Dan Santella is heading to Mike Durfee State Prison and will have more updates on this story throughout the day.

At 5:15pm on Wednesday night, a DCI spokesperson gave KELOLAND News a quote regarding a second fight that occurred in the morning.

“Another fight occurred this morning with a few inmates. Staff responded immediately and restored order. We continue to investigate both fights. Any criminal activity that is identified will be referred to DCI, and we are not going to discuss security-related information,” wrote Michael Winder.

This is a developing story. Stay with KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com for more coverage on-air and online.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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