LANSING — An investigation into an April 9 riot at the Lansing Correctional Facility is ongoing, a Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman said.


“It will take some time to complete,” said Randy Bowman, public affairs executive director for the KDOC.


During the April 9 incident, inmates reportedly took control of a medium-security cell house and occupied it for several hours until KDOC personnel regained control.


According to Gov. Laura Kelly, the incident started in the afternoon when what she described as a handful of inmates caused a disturbance when returning from a shower time. They barricaded themselves in the cell house. Officers vacated the area per KDOC protocols.


At about 11 p.m. April 9, members of KDOC Special Operations Response Teams from Lansing and Topeka entered and secured the cell house.


During the hours the inmates controlled the cell house, they vandalized the facility. Bowman said they tore up many items including furniture. Glass also was broken.


The KDOC has released photographs that were taken in the cell house following the riot.


Two inmates reportedly had minor injuries as a result of the incident. No injuries were reported among KDOC personnel.


Bowman said 168 inmates were housed in the cell house. He estimated that 20 to 50 of the inmates were involved in the disturbance at times.


All of the inmates from the cell house, which was located in an old part of the prison, were moved into a new building after the incident. The inmates were moved into what is part of a newly constructed campus on the LCF grounds.


The inmates from the cell house were placed in lockdown status following the incident.


KDOC officials said Monday that all of the LCF is now in lockdown status because of staffing issues and rising COVID-19 cases at the prison.


One of the inmates involved in the April 9 incident at LCF made a video from inside the cell house. The video, which appeared to have been made on a cell phone, was posted on YouTube.


In the video, at least one inmate can be heard talking about health care and the coronavirus.


KDOC officials announced last week that the department is changing the company it contracts with for prison medical services.


The KDOC will begin using the services of Centurion of Kansas in July. The state had been contracting with Corizon Health for these services.


County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a statement that prosecutors will have to wait until a full investigation occurs before considering charges related to the April 9 riot.