700 Arizona inmates moved to new facilities

700 Arizona inmates moved to new facilities

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) – The operator of a private prison in Kingman says it has finished relocating hundreds of inmates after being sidelined by a disturbance.

The Management and Training Corp. spokesman Issa Arnita says prison officials completed moving roughly 700 inmates to other facilities Saturday night.

Inmates in the Hualapai housing units had refused to comply and caused disturbances and damage.

Arnita says four inmates were hurt. They were taken to a hospital but later released.

Officials are investigating what led to the disturbances and if more inmates will have to be moved until repairs can be made.

The prison has been beset with several disturbances in the past four days.

Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries stemming from three incidents, including a riot in a medium-security unit.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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