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Maximum security still in lockdown

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UTAH STATE PRISON (AP) — A maximum security wing at the Utah State Prison remained locked down Wednesday after white supremacists caused a disturbance last week.

At about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, inmates angry at new prison gang policies began breaking off sprinkler heads to flood their cells, said Jesse Gallegos, spokesman for the Department of Corrections.

A SWAT team was called in, and the disturbance was suppressed by 11:30 p.m. One SWAT team member was punched in the stomach and several inmates were treated after being sprayed with pepper spray, but no serious injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized, said Gallegos.

Sporadic cell floodings took place throughout the weekend and the entire Uinta II wing, which houses the maximum security inmates, is on lockdown until the inmates start to comply with guards' orders, Gallegos said.

"With the gang escalation that we're seeing — not only more people being sent to prison who were affiliated with gangs, but also developing their own gang affiliations once in prison — these types of things are increasing," he said.

New prison gang policies would separate inmates in gangs from the general population and house them together.