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February 26, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least six and possibly as many as 14 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are under criminal investigation for allegedly encouraging trusties at the Men's Central Jail to beat inmates accused of child molestation, according to sources and department officials. The agency's probe into the deputies' alleged misconduct began several weeks ago, after an accused sex offender told jail administrators that other inmates had beaten him.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1995
One man was stabbed and two others were also injured at the county jail here after a group of Anglo inmates refused to "pay rent" to Latinos for the use of their own jail beds, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Thursday. The six-minute fight among 18 to 30 inmates erupted at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, sending one man to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor chest wounds from a jail-made knife, deputies said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1994 | CHIP JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 35 to 40 African American and Latino inmates scuffled in lockups Monday in Santa Clarita and Van Nuys courthouses, authorities said. Two inmates at Van Nuys Superior Court were treated for minor injuries as a result of a five-minute fight at about 11:30 a.m., said Sgt. Robert Stoneman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One man was cut over his left eye in a three-minute battle at a court lockup in Santa Clarita that occurred around 10:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996
A state prison guard underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone fragments from his skull after allegedly being attacked by an inmate jailed for first-degree murder. Clarence Wooten, 60, was pummeled Tuesday with a 3-foot-long steel tool used in the prison laundry to pry open 55-gallon drums of soap, said Dean Crenshaw, the warden's administrative assistant at the state prison in Lancaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1994 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council has authorized a $200,000 settlement in the case of a man who alleged that he was beaten by police in a city jail cell two years ago and spent 10 months in a coma. * Benjamin Salinas, 46, was arrested by Santa Ana police officers for public drunkenness and outstanding warrants in March, 1992, after he was found lying on a Sullivan Street sidewalk. According to court documents, the Orange County Jail would not take Salinas because he was too drunk to be held there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2000
Sheriff's Department officials called before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday detailed their efforts to reduce racially motivated disturbances in the north county jails. Assistant Sheriff Dennis Dahlman, who was joined by Chief Taylor Moorehead, told the supervisors that the Pitchess Detention Center jails in Castaic slowly are being integrated after white and African American inmates were segregated in late April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the third day in a row, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Wednesday scrambled into riot gear, fired clouds of tear gas and rubber bullets, and locked down hundreds of inmates in race-related brawling at county jails in Castaic. About 300 inmates fought each other with fists, knees and homemade knives at the Pitchess East Correctional Facility on Wednesday evening, said sheriff's spokesman Bruce Thomas.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
An Arizona inmate received seven life sentences for his role in a 15-day prison standoff during which he helped hold two guards hostage in a watch tower and raped one of them. Steven Coy, who was serving seven life terms before seizing the watch tower at a prison in Buckeye, west of Phoenix, with another inmate in January, also received other sentences ranging from six to 35 years. Coy pleaded guilty in March to 14 charges, including sexual assault, escape, kidnapping and assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will seek charges against at least 21 inmates involved in racially motivated rioting that has left two prisoners dead and more than 100 injured, officials said Thursday. Seven are suspects in the death of Wayne Tiznor, 45, a black inmate who was killed during the first wave of violence, Sheriff Lee Baca said. The others include 10 inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, and four at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
May 6, 1995 | Associated Press
Eight staff members at the maximum-security Calipatria state prison were injured Friday when five inmates broke into an office and attacked them with handmade weapons. The two sergeants and six correctional officers were taken by ambulance to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley after the 9:30 a.m. disturbance. They suffered stab wounds and other injuries.
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