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Inmate injured during riot at men’s prison

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of inmates started a riot inside a Grants prison Friday morning that damaged a unit and sent one prisoner to the hospital, according to the New Mexico Corrections Department.

NMCD Spokesman Eric Harrison said the incident began in a low level security unit at the Northwest New Mexico Correctional Facility and was resolved within an hour. He said the unit houses 60 men in bunk-style dormitories.

“There was a disturbance, we had a group of individuals involved,” Harrison said. “Everything got under control pretty quickly.”

He said the cause of the riot and how many people were involved is being investigated. Harrison did not give details on what measures were used to quell the disturbance, but said tear gas was probably involved.

“I do believe we had one inmate transferred to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” he said.

Harrison said there was “minimal damage” to the unit and did not elaborate.

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