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Latest county jail lockdown ends

May 07, 2008|Stuart Pfeifer

Orange County sheriff's officials Tuesday ended their lockdown of the Men's Central Jail, concluding that racial tensions had eased enough to allow inmates to leave their cells for exercise, education and dining-room visits.

Sheriff's Capt. Roland Chacon said he agreed to ease the restrictions at the Santa Ana facility Tuesday morning, and inmates ate breakfast in a dining hall without incident.

Chacon authorized the lockdown April 29 after a fight in the dining hall involving several black and Latino inmates. That fight came four days after officials ended a previous lockdown that resulted from a fight in which a dozen inmates in two dormitories were injured. That fight also involved black and Latino inmates.

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