In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies inspect a cell block at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Five deputies were hospitalized after they were attacked by the inmates in the prison on Thursday.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Five delegates at a California correctional facility were hospitalized after they were attacked by prisoners on Thursday morning.
The attack happened around 7:30 a.m. the prisoners were the exchange of items in a hall in the Central men’s Jail in Santa Ana, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The prison was placed on temporary lockdown following the incident, which officials said was “soon.”
Officials said that the five deputies and a prisoner were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. A number of other prisoners who were involved were examined and returned to their prison cells.
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The county sheriff-elect Don Barnes, placed blame on the state Assembly Bill 109, which was passed by voters in 2011 and a transfer state prisoners to county jails.
“Prisoner of the personnel attacks are not new, but we see a rapid increase since AB109 strength,” Barnes said in a statement. “Our deputies in custody operations are charged with the enormous duty to maintain order and control with people who have proven that they are not able to follow social laws.”
Barnes continued: “Our deputies and civilian staff are doing a great job, and we are grateful that despite the desire of the prisoners for their evil, no one was seriously injured.”