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Saturday, May 25, 2013, 12:27 a.m.

Visits are expected to resume Saturday at the state prison near Somerset after two days of lockdown.

SCI-Somerset was searched Thursday and Friday after two assaults on corrections officers in the last two weeks, officials said.

The prison's Special Emergency Response Team searched the facility for drugs and weapons, according to wire reports.

Spokeswoman Heide Sroka said the search was routine and prisoners were confined to their cells with meals delivered.

She gave no other details of the assaults.

The medium-security prison in Somerset Township has 2,300 inmates and about 585 employees.

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