Prison section locked down after riotFiled: 12/20/2000 The BakersfieldCalifornian Approximately 300 inmates rioted at CaliforniaCorrectional Institution in Tehachapi Monday night,forcing correctional officers to disperse them withpepper spray and lock down part of the facility, prisonofficials said. The riot broke out at 6:30 p.m.while hundreds of inmates milled about on theprison's minimum-security yard. A half-dozeninmates suffered minor injuries � cuts and bruises � inthe mass fight. No one on the prison'sstaff was injured. The cause of the large fightremained unclear, said Tom Sullivan, chief deputywarden at the prison. "Right now we're goingthrough the interviewing process," Sullivan said."We're trying to figure out what happened." Thesides in the riot appeared to have been segregated,with blacks attacking Hispanics and vice versa,Sullivan said. Home to roughly 1,200 inmates, theprison's minimum-security section has been locked downsince the riot, Sullivan said. Other portionsof the prison � which houses more than 5,800 inmatesoverall � are currently on a "reduced program" to free upstaff during the investigation process, headded. The minimum-security yard is typically openedafter the inmate's evening meal and left open untilthe inmates are counted at approximately 9 p.m.,Sullivan said.