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Two Dead in CT Riots

At 6:45 PM on July 12, 1994, 200 prisoners were in the recreation yard of the medium security Carl Robinson Correctional Facility at Enfield, Connecticut. For reasons not reported to PLN, a number of prisoners put on hoods and used makeshift weapons to hunt down and beat other prisoners. By 10 PM that evening, when fully armed state police tactical teams in battle dress broke through barricades erected by prisoners, two prisoners were dead and fifteen injured. Two guards suffered minor injuries.

The recently opened prison houses prisoners in dormitories so that after the riot prison officials could not secure the prisoners in cells. The prison holds 1,060 prisoners. The riot is the latest in a wave of riots and rebellions which have swept Connecticut prisons in the past year. Much of it, according to prison officials, is "gang related."

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