Oregon State Penitentiary looking to lift lockdown

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The state Corrections Department is looking to end a lockdown at the Oregon State Penitentiary as soon as possible.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Black told Statesman Journal (http://is.gd/MIYWC0 ) a lockdown is not ideal for staff or inmates.

Inmates were confined to their cells Monday after a spate of inmate fights. Staffers fired four warning shots and used chemical spray to quell the violence.

The maximum security prison at Salem holds about 2,000 inmates.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com