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Tucson prison locked down after hundreds of inmates brawl

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A fight involving hundreds of inmates has led to a lockdown Sunday of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson, a spokesman said.

A brawl in the minimum-security Whetstone Unit saw about 300 white and Mexican American inmates fighting with about 100 African American prisoners, said Corrections Department spokesman Bill Lamoreaux.

The fight broke out around 9:45 a.m. Sunday, and was quickly broken up, Lamoreaux said in a news release. No other units at the prison were involved in the fight, he said.

Two employees suffered minor injuries, while five inmates were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries sustained in the fight.

"Additional inmates are being assessed and treated on-site," he said.

Visitation at the entire prison was canceled Sunday as the incident is investigated, he said.

The Arizona State Prison Complex-Tucson has a 5,150-bed capacity across minimum, medium and close custody levels, Lamoreaux said. The prison currently houses 5,134 inmates, 1,242 of them in the 1,250-bed capacity minimum-security Whetstone Unit.

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