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Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

California -- Riot at Private Prison

A race-related fight broke out at a minimum-security community prison, sending four inmates to the hospital with minor injuries, state prison officials said.

The fight at the Baker Community Correctional Facility in San Bernardino County occurred at 7 p.m. Wednesday and lasted a few minutes, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections.

Twelve black and white inmates started brawling in the yard of the all-male prison and guards rushed to break up the melee. About 80 inmates were in the yard at the time.

Four inmates were taken to the hospital with minor bumps and bruises. The cause of the fight was under investigation.

"They started to fight. They were told to stop and they did," Thornton said Thursday.

The 12 inmates were later transferred to state prisons, she said.

Contra Costa Times

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