Authorities: Ga. prison fight appears gang-related

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Posted: Nov 26, 2011 11:48 AM
Authorities: Ga. prison fight appears gang-related

Investigators say a fight that sent a dozen inmates from a state prison in Georgia to the hospital was gang-related and organized using contraband cell phones.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said Saturday that prisoners in a medium-security tent city on the prison grounds left their tents, which have solid walls similar to military tents, and vandalized a living area. Several assaults were also reported in the main prison.

Stancil said she could not comment on what started the fight or divulge more details on the cell phones because of an ongoing investigation. Officials did not immediately identify the inmates who were taken to the hospital or comment on their conditions. No prison staffers were hurt.