Two correctional officers at the D.C. jail were injured yesterday afternoon in two separate scuffles with inmates that occurred in adjacent cell blocks within 30 minutes of each other.
The officers, William Hinton, who suffered cuts and bruises on his left arm and face, and William Jenkins, who was struck in the head, were being treated last night at Providence Hospital.
Jail officials said Hinton twice ordered an inmate to return to a cell after the 5:15 p.m. dinner break in the Southeast 2 Cellblock. The inmate refused and started fighting, officials said.
Jenkins was injured about 30 minutes later when an inmate across the hall also refused to return to his cell and struck Jenkins in the head. The inmates, who were subdued by other officers, were not injured in the incidents. iTheir identities were withheld last night.
Last night, a spokesman for the union that represents the officers said the assaults will be included in a list of complaints that the union already had scheduled to bring up during a mass meeting next Monday with jail superintendent George Holland.
The union, Local 1550 of the American Federation of Government Employees, has complained publicly several times during the last year that the jail is unsafe for inmates and officers because of a staff shortage at the three-year-old complex in southeast Washington.