Inmate hospitalized after fight at Calipatria State Prison

Inmate hospitalized after fight at Calipatria State Prison


CALIPATRIA, Calif. — One inmate was injured after a fight involving three inmates erupted at Calipatria State Prison Thursday morning, according to prison officials.

No corrections staff members were injured in the fight, which started at 9:28 a.m. Officials said three inmates began to fight on the yard, according to preliminary reports.

Response teams from the facility rushed to the scene of the fight, which took place in Facility C’s general population Level IV yard, a maximum-security area. The teams stopped the fight and subdued the inmates after about two minutes.

Staff used pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber rounds to control the violence.

One of the three inmates was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Prison officials continue to investigate the cause of the fight.

Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992 and houses about 3,500 inmates, 1,700 of whom are serving life and 594 are serving life without the possibility of parole. There are 1,280 employees at the prison.

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