Report: Excessive force used in Anchorage prison

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Employees of the Alaska Department of Corrections used excessive force against inmates during a pepper spray incident in 2017, the state ombudsman found in a report released on Monday.

Ombudsman Kate Burkhart investigated five allegations based on an inmate’s complaints and concluded all five were justified based on the evidence.

The complaints against the Department of Corrections stemmed from a 2017 incident in the Anchorage Correctional Complex, durring which three inmates in the back of a transfer van were, per the complainant, sprayed with pepper spray, left to sit in the van for 10-15 minutes, and not given leave to shower or decontaminate his clothes; the complainant said he

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