Riot at Pelican State Bay Prison sends 8 inmates to hospital


1:16 p.m. June 7, 2008

CRESCENT CITY – State corrections officials are investigating what caused a violent inmate riot at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City.

A prison spokesman says more than 40 inmates were involved in a brief, but chaotic fight in the maximum security prison's outdoor exercise yard Friday morning.

A number of inmates were stabbed, and one inmate was shot in the shoulder when guards fired a rifle to stop the violence.
Eight inmates were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. None had life-threatening injuries.

Guards found four prisoner-made weapons at the scene.

Prison officials say the riot appears to have been racially motivated.

Gang-related violence involving more than 60 inmates broke out at the 3,400-inmate facility in January. ... nriot.html