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Pontiac Prison is shown in a 2015 file photo. 

PONTIAC — Pontiac Correctional Center was on full lockdown Monday following a stabbing incident on Sunday that sent a correctional officer to the hospital.

The officer was treated and released, according to Nicole Wilson, director of communications for the Department of Corrections.

Wilson said the department is investigating what happened and would not release further details at this time.

But William Lee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 494, the union that represents Pontiac prison workers, said the correctional officer was stabbed in the head with a sharpened weapon around noon Sunday.

No one else was injured, said Lee, who also works as a guard at the prison. He said the injured correctional officer was not at work on Monday.

Lee declined further comment.

The prison also was placed on lockdown in August after four correctional officers and two lieutenants were injured in an altercation with inmates. All were treated and released.

Following the August incident, the union organized an informational picket outside the prison that questioned policy changes that the union said made the prison a more dangerous place to work.

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