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Lockdown at Mt Eden prison

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/06/2016

Mt Eden prison has been sent into lockdown after a group of prisoners barricaded themselves in at one unit.

The Corrections Department says it took about an hour to resolve a "disorder event" at the Mount Eden Corrections Facility on Tuesday, but says it wasn't a riot.

About 20 prisoners were involved and the event was peacefully resolved, a Corrections spokeswoman said.

"A group of prisoners in one unit had refused to be locked," Northern Regional Commissioner Jeanette Burns said.

She said "Advanced Control and Restraint teams" from two other prisons were placed on standby but were not called in, while the prison was locked down.

Head of Corrections Ray Smith told One News the prisoners were upset because they were being transferred to another prisoner.

"Staff actually just went up and talked to them and explained the situation ... so no use of force was needed," he said.

Mr Smith said he expected some of the inmates to be disciplined but that would be left to management.

Corrections announced it was taking over management of the prison from private provider Serco last July following weeks of revelations about prison fight clubs, access to contraband and poor inmate behaviour.

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