Tucson Prison Brawl Involves 400 Inmates, Less Than Six Months After 200-Inmate Fight

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For the second time in less than six months, hundreds of inmates brawled at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.

The 400-inmate fight on Sunday -- which landed 17 inmates in the hospital -- appears to have been race-related, as did a 200-inmate fight that occurred in September.

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ADC says this fight took place in the Whetstone Unit, which is classified as a minimum-security unit. September's fight took place in the Santa Rita Unit, a medium-security unit.

Sunday's fight, which broke out at 9:45 a.m., appears to have included two sides -- about 300 white and Mexican-American inmates against about 100 African-American inmates. That unit holds 1,242 inmates total.

Eighty of the inmates involved in yesterday's fight have since been moved to other institutions, according to ADC, and two of the inmates were still hospitalized as of today. Two prison employees received minor injuries, according to ADC.

September's fight also appeared to be race-related, as ADC said the 200 inmates in that fight were all Hispanic or African-American. Eleven inmates were hospitalized after that fight.

In October, convicted murderer Jimmy Odom tried to escape from the Cimarron unit at the same prison complex.

Odom beat up a contracted worker who drove a delivery truck into the prison, stole the truck, and planned to drive to freedom by running down several layers of fencing, ADC said at the time.

Odom failed at the fence -- he got through the first layer, but just ran the truck right into the outer fence, and got stuck there, according to ADC.

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Did you guys [reporters at New Phoenix Times]  hear about the staff assaults at Central Unit on Saturday and the Tactical Unit was deployed to handle this situation.. What about the staff assault on Thursday at Eyman.. Man so much going on and nothing being reported by the DOC.. your tax dollars at work. Maybe if someone does some research on Saturday nights event they will find out more is going on than we are made aware of inside the prisons that are so volatile right now and summer hasn't even begun yet


Okay, I deleted my first post because it was way too lengthy for anyone to follow so here is the abbreviated version- the ADOC has failed to manage inmate populations - they have for many years now turned the asylum over to the inmates including gangs. This mismanagement creates huge communication gaps and disrespect between all connected in the prison hierarchy. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing for needs to stay safe = MISMANAGEMENT OF PRISON if you want a detailed outline visit my facebook and its there... These racial conflicts are occurring because one faction wants to protest and the other doesn't. They are taking turns depending on what the issue is. Ask Charles L. Ryan to explain to you want happened and he'll tell you whatever you want to hear.. Their intelligence sources aren't working and the inmates know just how to pull these things off when there is a shortage of staff on these open yards. End of conversation

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