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Lockdown over at northwestern Arizona prison

A two-week lockdown has been lifted at a private prison in northwest Arizona where eight staff members and four inmates suffered mostly minor injuries during four days of unrest earlier this month.

The Utah-based Management and Training Corporation that operates the 3,500-inmate minimum- to medium-security prison through contract with the state of Arizona said the lockdown ended Thursday.

Company spokesman Issa Arnita said "normal operations‘‘ have resumed at the prison in Golden Valley, near Kingman, except that more than 1,000 inmates were transferred to other incarceration facilities because so much criminal damage occurred during three significant uprisings July 1-4.

Arnita said deep cleaning continues at the prison before repairs begin and that there‘s no estimate how long it will take or how much it will cost to fix the plumbing, security surveillance camera systems and other infrastructure that was heavily damaged.

He said inmate labor details arranged through contracts with local government, schools and other public entities in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Golden Valley will resume next week.

Separate investigations regarding operation of the facility and criminal conduct by inmates are expected to be completed by the end of July.

The July 15 death of Jon Kemp, a corrections officer involved at the trigger point of a July 2 riot at the prison but later killed himself, according to prisons officials, also remains under investigation.

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