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Nova Scotia correctional facility remains in lockdown after dispute

Springhill correctional facility remains in lockdown after an incident on Monday. File/Global News

Officials at a medium-security prison in Nova Scotia say a dispute involving more than a dozen inmates has been resolved, but that the facility remains in a lockdown.

Assistant warden Shannon Oickle says the restriction was imposed at about 1 p.m. Monday after 19 inmates banded together and refused to return to their cells at the Springhill Institution.

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She says they were outside their cells as part of their daily routine.

Oickle says they went back to their cells at about 8 p.m. following negotiations, but she wouldn’t reveal the reasons for their actions because the matter is still under investigation.

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One inmate was injured and sent to a hospital off site, but has since returned.

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Oickle wouldn’t provide details on the nature of the injuries or when the lockdown might be lifted.

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