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Riot at the Prison in Calipat

(Melee at Calipatria State Prison)…It occurred in the Maximum Security area of the Prison.

Officers say they saw about 129 inmates attack a smaller group of about six. Correctional officers converged on the scene and tried to break up the riot by using pepper spray and firing foam tipped rubber rounds into the crowd. Response teams from other parts of the prison converged on the area. The melee was broken up in about five minutes. Five inmates were injured and 3 had to be hospitalized. None of the correctional officers were injured. Officials say the facility is currently under modified program that limits inmate movement. An investigation is underway. Officials say some inmates may be transferred to other facilities in order to reduce the possibility of any type of retribution.