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  • mcprison mcprison Dec 21, 2000 1:05 PM Flag

    Riot at public prison in CA

    Prison section locked down after
    riot


    Filed: 12/20/2000

    The Bakersfield
    Californian

    Approximately 300 inmates rioted at California
    Correctional Institution in
    Tehachapi Monday night,
    forcing correctional officers to disperse them with

    pepper spray and lock down part of the facility, prison
    officials said.

    The riot broke out at 6:30 p.m.
    while hundreds of inmates milled about on the

    prison's minimum-security yard.

    A half-dozen
    inmates suffered minor injuries � cuts and bruises � in
    the mass
    fight.

    No one on the prison's
    staff was injured.

    The cause of the large fight
    remained unclear, said Tom Sullivan, chief deputy

    warden at the prison.

    "Right now we're going
    through the interviewing process," Sullivan said.
    "We're
    trying to figure out what happened."

    The
    sides in the riot appeared to have been segregated,
    with blacks attacking
    Hispanics and vice versa,
    Sullivan said.

    Home to roughly 1,200 inmates, the
    prison's minimum-security section has been
    locked down
    since the riot, Sullivan said.

    Other portions
    of the prison � which houses more than 5,800 inmates
    overall
    � are currently on a "reduced program" to free up
    staff during the investigation
    process, he
    added.

    The minimum-security yard is typically opened
    after the inmate's evening meal
    and left open until
    the inmates are counted at approximately 9 p.m.,
    Sullivan
    said.

 
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