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Inmate stabbed after 'incident' at Suwannee Correctional Institution

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 14:46:52-05

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) is investigating after an inmate was stabbed at the Suwannee Correctional Institution.

On Jan. 31, the Florida Department of Corrections says there was an isolated incident involving an inmate-on-inmate assault at Suwannee Correctional Institution. Security staff immediately responded, and the incident was swiftly brought under control.

As a result of the altercation, one inmate was transported to an area hospital. That inmate returned to the institution later that evening.

"The Florida Department of Corrections is committed to providing for the safety and well-being of all inmates in custody. Inmates who cause harm to others are held accountable for their actions. This includes administrative sanctions, placement in restrictive housing and criminal charges if applicable. This is done for the safety of staff and other inmates," FDOC wrote in a statement.

The incident is currently under investigation by the FDC Office of Inspector General (OIG). They say once that investigation has concluded, they will release more information to the public.

The OIG investigates both alleged violations of criminal laws and major departmental policy violations/F.A.C. violations committed by departmental employees. The OIG also audits and inspects departmental programs.