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June 13, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A riot and subsequent shootout between guards and prisoners at a maximum-security prison left at least four inmates dead and 24 wounded, authorities said. The violence at La Modelo prison occurred after inmates stormed the guard's command center and stole a gun, ammunition and knives. The shootout with guards lasted three hours. Another inmate was killed and five others injured when another riot broke out in the Picalena prison in Ibague, 95 miles southwest of Bogota.
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March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
About 200 prisoners were involved in a riot Tuesday at Calapatria State Prison that injured seven inmates, officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. The disturbance at the Imperial County prison began about 10:15 a.m. in the maximum-security Level IL yard at Facility B. Guards from other parts of the prison rushed to the scene and fired warning shots, rounds of pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber bullets. They quelled the disturbance in about eight minutes, prison spokesman Lt. Everardo Silva said.
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September 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
About 400 riot policemen armed with tear gas took control of a prison in southern France on Thursday morning after a night of rioting by inmates protesting prison conditions, police said. Prisoners offered no resistance when officers entered and ordered them back to their cells, according to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
One inmate was killed and two others injured Monday in a prison riot in the Central Valley. The riot erupted about 9:20 a.m. in one of Wasco State Prison's exercise yards, with 40 inmates ultimately being drawn into the fight, state corrections officials said. A correctional officer fired a single shot from his rifle to quell the violence. All inmates involved were of the same ethnicity, the Associated Press reported. Three inmates were rushed to outside hospitals, where one was pronounced dead about 10 a.m. His identity has not been released.
WORLD
January 21, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
A prison riot Wednesday killed at least 23 inmates in the northern Mexican state of Durango, which has been the scene of increasingly violent feuding between drug-trafficking groups during the last year. Authorities said fighting broke out early in the morning between inmates affiliated with rival drug-trafficking groups who were held in the penitentiary in the state capital, also named Durango. The clashes left an undetermined number of inmates injured. The Durango state prosecutor, Daniel Garcia Leal, declined in a radio interview to identify the rival cartels.
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January 8, 1990 | JEANNETTE AVENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calm was reported restored at the San Diego County jail in Chula Vista Sunday after a riot in which 27 inmates were injured. No law enforcement officers were injured during the 20-minute fracas, which began about 9 p.m. Saturday. Cellblock 3-A was locked down after a major disturbance broke out between black and Latino inmates and they refused to return to their cells from a common area shared by inmates, said San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Charles Wood, the jail's commander.
WORLD
February 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An ex-military officer convicted in the 1998 assassination of Roman Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi was decapitated along with five other inmates in a prison riot in Guatemala City, officials said. Ex-Sgt. Maj. Obdulio Villanueva was serving a 30-year sentence for Gerardi's murder. Gerardi was a human rights activist who accused the military of atrocities in Guatemala's 1960-96 civil war.
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October 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
A two-night rampage at a state prison ended Friday with a guard and two inmates seriously wounded, five hostages freed and much of the overcrowded institution destroyed or damaged by fire, authorities said. There were no deaths or escapes, officials said, but more than 100 people were injured in the battle to take back the medium-security prison. Police officers firing guns and tear gas stormed a kitchen building as they began taking back control of the prison Friday morning, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
An inmate's knife attack on a guard at Calipatria State Prison on Thursday afternoon escalated into a series of riots that left one prisoner shot dead and at least 16 correctional officers and about 25 inmates wounded, officials said. A second prisoner who suffered a gunshot wound was airlifted to a San Diego hospital, and five inmates were being treated for severe cuts, bruises and possible internal injuries at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in nearby Brawley.
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December 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
At least 19 inmates were injured and one building set afire in a riot Tuesday night at the private Cornell Correctional Facility here, officials said. Prison officials called for help shortly after 8 p.m., and units from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and Chino Hills Police Department responded. The riot involved more than 100 inmates, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Paige St. John
One inmate is dead after a riot broke out Monday morning at Wasco State Prison in Kern County. Some 40 inmates were involved in the 9 a.m. riot in an exercise yard at the prison reception center, where inmates go to await their long-term assignments at other prisons. Corrections officers fired a round from a Mini-14 rifle to quell the riot, and three inmates with serious injuries were then taken to a nearby hospital. Prison officials said one of those men was pronounced dead an hour later.
WORLD
January 26, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The unofficial death toll rose to 55 on Saturday from a ongoing prison riot as human-rights critics urged the government to improve Venezuela's overcrowded jails, described as some of the worst in Latin America.   National Guard members and police at midday were still trying to quell the riot at the Uribana prison in the western city of Barquisimeto, where violence broke out Thursday night when authorities began a search of cells for hidden weapons.    The prison is one of many severely overcrowded jails in Venezuela.
WORLD
February 21, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
It seemed a run-of-the-mill prison riot, though one that left 44 inmates beaten or knifed to death. In fact, the violence on Sunday in northern Mexico served as cover for a massive jailbreak by members of the country's deadliest criminal gang, the Zetas. Authorities on Monday revealed that 30 Zetas henchmen escaped from the maximum-security prison in Apodaca during the brawl - with the apparent complicity of guards and possibly other top officials. The deadly violence underscored the abysmal condition of Mexican prisons, which are woefully overcrowded, rife with corruption and prone to high-profile escapes.
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November 26, 2011 | los angeles times staff and wire reports
Tom Wicker, a former New York Times political reporter, columnist and Washington bureau chief who covered President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas and became part of the news as a mediator during the 1971 Attica prison riot in upstate New York, has died. He was 85. Wicker, who was also the author of fiction and nonfiction works, died Friday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Rochester, Vt., according to his wife, Pamela. A native of North Carolina, Wicker decided while in high school to become a journalist and worked as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina before joining the New York Times in 1960.
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October 16, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
At least 20 inmates were killed and 12 injured in rioting Saturday at a prison that houses members of drug gangs in the violent border city of Matamoros, authorities said. Fighting broke out between two inmates, the Tamaulipas state government's public security office said in a statement, and soon dozens more piled on. Federal and state police were summoned to help guards restore order at the prison, the statement said. News video showed helicopters hovering over the gray watchtower of the prison.
WORLD
July 28, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Four journalists with Mexican news organizations remained missing Wednesday, two days after they were kidnapped in northern Mexico after covering disturbances at a troubled prison. The seizure of the journalists, representing two broadcasters and a newspaper, appeared to have been aimed at manipulating media coverage of drug gangs that are battling in the violence-plagued states of Durango and Coahuila. It was not immediately clear who carried out the kidnappings, though journalists said it probably was a trafficking group based in the state of Sinaloa that is said to hold sway at the Durango prison.
NEWS
August 23, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Six inmates were killed in three days of prison riots sparked by a government official's proposal to distribute condoms to inmates and guards, authorities said. Police said two inmates were stabbed and burned to death as jail guards returned to work at two prisons after a strike sparked by the condom proposal. Guards said the proposal implied that they were homosexuals. Commissioner of Corrections John Prescod agreed to hand over his duties to a deputy amid calls for his ouster.
NEWS
November 18, 1988 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
Justice Department officials announced Thursday the impending deportation of 15 Cuban detainees involved in prison riots last year and said they plan to speed up their case-by-case review of hundreds of other Cubans being held in federal institutions. The 15 detainees were among the first group of 28 cases reviewed so far as part of a Justice Department agreement that ended the riots at federal prisons in Atlanta and Oakdale, La., last November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2009 | Carol J. Williams and Nicole Santa Cruz
Corrections experts warned two years ago that overcrowding at the California Institution for Men at Chino created "a serious disturbance waiting to happen," foreshadowing the weekend riot that injured 175 prisoners, destroyed or damaged six dormitories and forced relocation of at least 1,000 men. The Chino prison housing 5,900 inmates, nearly twice its designed capacity, remained on lockdown Monday, as did nine other state prisons from which officers...
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