Authorities used force to quell a disturbance at Bordelais Correctional Facility on Wednesday that left at least two prison officers injured.
A number of inmates were wounded and had to be transferred to hospital for treatment after a standoff and confrontation that lasted around five hours, authorities say.
The incident began when a large group of prisoners refused to enter their cells following afternoon recreation, prison officials say.
The inmates were protesting long court delays, the repeated adjournment of their cases and prison conditions, according to the Deputy Director of the Bordelais Correctional Facility, Lennard Terrence.
After attempts by the Prison Management to calm the situation proved unsuccessful, the prison summoned reinforcement, Terrence said.
“After about four directives were given for them to re-enter their cells, we then moved to the next level where we activated our systems for such incidents. And our special operations response team along with support from the Royal St Lucia Police Force who was nearby, but not in that vicinity, responded and within six minutes we had all the inmates back in the cells,” Terrence explained.
Terrence said the responding officers initially encountered resistance from a small group of the protesting inmates.
“The small number of inmates who resisted, we did extract a few and some of the others were forced to their cells after which we locked down the facility,” he added.
The injured prisoners were transported to Dennery Hospital, St Jude Hospital and Victoria Hospital.
Terrence said the concerns of the prisoners were documented. Issues that fell within the authority of the prison, he added, were immediately addressed with all other matters being forwarded to the relevant authorities.
He said Brodelais prison has now returned to normal operations.