A riot occurred Wednesday at a Northern California prison. Approximately 200 inmates began fighting in the recreation yard of the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, located south of San Jose.
Authorities deployed chemical agents and non-lethal weapons. Staff members also fired nine rounds of warning shots. Eight inmates were hospitalized with injuries including puncture wounds, cuts and bruises to head, neck and torso areas and 50 more inmates were being treated for minor injuries by the prison medical staff. No prison staff members were hurt in the riot. Officials said that four "inmate-manufactured weapons" were found, and the cause of the riot is being investigated.
The Correctional Training Facility, opened in 1946, covers 680 acres with three facilities on the grounds being „the house” for around 5,400 minimum- and medium-custody inmates. Movement at Facility C, a medium-custody general population facility, has been limited as a result of the ongoing investigation. Officials from the Monterey County District Attorney's office are assisting. Salinas Valley State Prison has had at least two riots this summer.
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