Lockdown lifted at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage after 27 days

February 8, 2019 GMT

The Columbia Correctional Institution has lifted its lockdown status after nearly a full month of tightened security and will soon restore visitation hours, but details remain limited.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections deputy communications coordinator Clare Hendricks said in an email that as of Tuesday, the Portage prison no longer was on lockdown.

Hendricks said normally scheduled visitation hours will resume Friday, after 27 days in lockdown. All other normal procedures will also resume.

“The Department of Corrections is grateful for the cooperation and hard work our staff put in to complete our procedures safely,” Hendricks said. “We are also thankful for the patience of community members and loved ones of those in our care.”

Hendricks said inmates were cooperative throughout the process and received one hot meal per day every day during the lockdown.

Staff at the institution were searching for contraband. Hendricks said the search was conducted to ensure inmates had their personal property items within allowable limits. She declined to comment about whether any limits were found to have been exceeded.

On Jan. 30, the Daily Register filed an open records request with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections seeking information about the lockdown. The state agency has offered no response.