Records recount tumultuous melee at Snake River Correctional Institution

Snake River Correctional Institution outside Ontario. (FILE/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – A fight between two inmates at Snake River Correctional Institution last month escalated into one of the largest disturbances in recent times at the prison, according to records obtained by the Malheur Enterprise.

The Oregon Department of Corrections recently released more than 100 pages of documents about the disturbance as a result of a public records request.

They provide new details about an episode that put the prison in lockdown, required corrections officers to deploy pepper spray and sent two inmates to the hospital.

The Dec. 9 nighttime fight in Complex C of the prison eventually involved 37 inmates and required 37 corrections officers to quell.

The fight was contained in Unit C, a housing unit for 80 inmates. The arrival of a . . .