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Fresh round of race riots breaks out in Los Angeles jail

[JURIST] Racially-motivated riots again erupted at a Los Angeles County jail on Wednesday, leaving 22 inmates injured. The fighting at Pitchess Detention Center [official website] began when inmates at a group dorm were separated along racial lines. The violence was quickly brought under control, but then fights spread to other dorms. All seven Los Angeles County jails were placed on lockdown after the brawls.

These most recent fights follow a spate of similar incidents that began with rioting Saturday [JURIST report] that left one man dead and more than 100 others injured. A second brawl [JURIST report] occurred on Monday, but only one inmate was injured. It has been alleged that gang leaders outside the jail contacted Hispanic members inside the jail, and directed them to attack blacks in retaliation for a recent assault in South Los Angeles. AP has more. The Los Angeles Times has local coverage.

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