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“Both inmates were taken to a community hospital for assessment and treatment following this incident”

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An investigation is underway after two inmates were assaulted at the Edmonton Institution and taken to hospital over the weekend.

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The assault took place at about 8:35 p.m. Saturday, Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) confirmed.

“Both inmates were taken to a community hospital for assessment and treatment following this incident,” said spokesman Jeff Campbell in a statement. “Staff responded quickly and no staff or other inmates were injured as a result of this incident.”

Edmonton Institution has locked down areas of the facility where the assault took place, and operations have been modified to ensure the safety of the institution, staff and inmates, and allow for CSC and Edmonton police to investigate.

“CSC examines each incident of violence to find out how it can better prevent and address these situations and share any information and practices with police, other agencies and partners to prevent these types of situations,” Campbell said.

“Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so.”

Campbell said CSC does not tolerate violence and criminal or disciplinary charges can be laid for those found to be involved.

Edmonton Institution is a maximum security federal institution in the city’s northeast. It has a capacity of 324.

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