120 prisoners in fistfight at Folsom


Associated Press

FOLSOM, Calif. — Eight California inmates have been injured after a fight erupted in a dining hall at Folsom State Prison.

Lt. Anthony Gentile (jen-TILL-ee) with the state corrections department described most of the injuries as bumps and bruises. None was life-threatening, although the inmates were sent to area hospitals.

Correctional officer A. Andrews searches an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom, Calif. (AP photo)

Correctional officer A. Andrews searches an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom, Calif. (AP photo)

About 120 prisoners began fist-fighting and hitting each other with food trays about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Gentile said guards used pepper spray to end the brawl within 15 minutes.

Inmates were locked in their cells as officials investigate what started the fight. The medium-security prison about 20 miles east of Sacramento holds about 4,000 inmates.

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