The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution is still on partial lockdown after a fight on Monday evening. Forty-six inmates were involved in a dining room fight at the state prison in Pendleton Monday.
Correctional officers immediately put the institution on lock down. They have been trying to figure out what started the fight since then. Ron Miles is the Public Information Officer at the prison. Miles said, "We think it's urgent. It is very important to know what the cause was so you can address the actual issue. It's like any safety investigation where you're looking for the root cause of something."Miles says inmates involved in the fight will face consequences no matter what. But if officials figure out what caused the conflict, they might change an internal process or do something like put up a new fence to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.The west side of the medium security prison is still on full lock down. The other side is on "modified lockdown."
Miles hopes the east side will be back to normal Thursday, and the rest as soon as possible.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.