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36-man fight at Snake River Correctional Institution sends two to the hospital

Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. (The Enterprise/file)

ONTARIO - Two inmates needed medical care last week after a fight broke out at Snake River Correctional Institution that involved 36 inmates, according to Oregon State Police and prison officials.

Amber Campbell, prison spokeswoman, said the fight on Wednesday, Dec. 9, started over an incident of perceived disrespect in the dayroom associated with the inmates’ housing unit. Although the fight involved three dozen men, it didn’t spread beyond the housing unit where it began to other parts of SRCI, Campbell said.

She said that correctional officers halted the fight with chemical spray and verbal commands, and that no weapons were involved.

However, two of the adults in custody were hurt badly enough to need outside medical care. They were treated and returned to the prison . . .