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2 Dozen Hurt in Calif. Prison Riot

December 31, 2006

CHINO, Calif. (AP) _ More than 800 inmates were involved in a state prison riot that sent at least two dozen prisoners to hospitals with moderate to serious injuries, a prison spokesman said.

A fight Saturday between two inmates quickly spread through the 1,400-inmate West Facility of the California Institution for Men, prison spokesman Mark Hargrove said.

Guards aided by sheriff’s deputies and police quelled the fighting in about two hours using pepper spray, gas grenades and foam bullets. No officers were injured.

``We were never in any danger of the facility being taken over,″ Hargrove said.

At least 24 inmates were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of moderate to serious injuries, Hargrove said. One inmate had severe head injuries and puncture wounds to his back.

In June, two inmates at the Chino prison were stabbed and wounded during brawls involving about 60 inmates. Chino is 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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