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  • Riot among 150 inmates breaks out at Calif. prison

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110520/...ia_prison_riot

    Riot among 150 inmates breaks out at Calif. prison


    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Don Thompson, Associated Press – 4 mins ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven inmates were taken to outside hospitals after a riot at a maximum-security prison in California on Friday, including two inmates who were being treated for serious injuries, prison officials said.

    The fight among about 150 inmates at an outdoor recreation yard was broken up after guards fired a warning shot and used pepper spray at California State Prison, Sacramento, about 20 miles east of the state capital.

    One inmate underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds, while a second was in "stable" condition for a broken left hand and broken eye socket, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Peggy Bengs said. The inmate with the broken bones also was repeatedly stabbed, she said.

    Two more inmates were released back to prison after they were treated, while two others were being treated for relatively minor injuries, she said. She did not have the condition of the seventh inmate. Other inmates were treated at the prison for minor injuries, she said, and could be taken to outside hospitals if needed.

    No guards or other staff members were hurt during the skirmish, which began about 10:30 a.m. The fight involved inmates from several different racial groups, but it is not clear why it started, said Bengs and Terry Thornton, another department spokeswoman.

    "That is, of course, going to be investigated," Thornton said.

    It took about five minutes to contain the fight, Bengs said. The prison, which houses about 3,000 inmates, halted most inmate movements while the riot was investigated.

    The brawl was on the B-Facility main exercise yard at the prison, which opened in 1986. It is next door to the much older Folsom State Prison. About 1,700 employees work at the California State Prison, Sacramento.



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    Business as usual. This happens more often than people think; it usually just doesn't make it into the news.

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