Guards at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary were hoping for butter cookies and rum balls Christmas morning. Instead they responded to prison fights.

Prisoners in the outside recreation yard got into two separate large fights about an hour apart, a spokesperson said.

One prisoner was sent to the hospital but no one else had serious injuries.

Visiting day on the 26th was cancelled making it impossible for families to see their relatives in prison because of the fights.

Dan Bannister