By Garance Burke
The largest riot at San Quentin State Prison since 1982 left 42 inmates injured Monday, three of them with wounds serious enough to sent them to outside hospitals, authorities said.
The fight broke out between white and Latino inmates at about 8:40 a.m. in a medium-security, dormitory-style unit that houses about 900 prisoners, said Vernell Crittendon, public information officer for San Quentin State Prison, which is near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge off Interstate 580.
Prison officials said as many as 80 inmates in several different buildings were involved in the coordinated attack, which lasted six minutes. It took about 50 officers armed with batons and pepper spray to quell the fight, said Sgt. Eric Messick, a warden's administrative assistant.