Fight at Hancock State Prison sends 12 inmates to hospital

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Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Corrections Department says officials are investigating a fight involving several inmates at a state prison in Sparta.

Authorities say the fight at Hancock State Prison in Sparta sent 12 inmates to the hospital appears to be gang-related.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said Saturday that investigators believe that cell phones brought illegally inside the prison were used to organize the large disturbance.

Stancil said inmates left their tents on the prison grounds and vandalized their living area. Several assaults were also reported inside the main prison.

Stancil said movement inside the prison has been restricted and the facility has been secured.

Officials did not immediately comment on the condition of the inmates taken for medical treatment.

The Corrections Department website says the prison is located in Sparta and holds nearly 1,500 men who have committed felonies.

Earlier this week, corrections officials said there was a large fight inside the Telfair State Prison in Helen. Three inmates had to be taken to a hospital.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)