WARREN  — Two inmates at the Maine State Prison in Warren are suing the warden and other prison officials after they were allegedly beaten by other inmates with prison-issued padlocks.

The separate federal lawsuits were filed Aug. 30 in federal court in Bangor by Keith Ayotte and David Larkin.

Larkin’s complaint says prison officials knew the padlocks were being used as weapons by inmates assaulting other inmates yet continues to issue them.

Lakin is serving a 52-year sentence for kidnapping and murder. They are both suing a variety of prison officials.

Associated Corrections Commissioner Jody Breton says she’s unable to comment on the lawsuit. But she tells the Bangor Daily News inmates are issued lockers and padlocks so they can safeguard their personal possessions.