Twelve inmates hurt in Georgia prison gang fight

State prisons were on heightened alert Saturday after a gang fight Friday night at a facility in east Georgia sent 12 inmates to the hospital.

The disturbance broke out around 8 p.m. Friday at Hancock State Prison in Sparta.

There were no injuries to prison guards or other staff members, and there were no escape attempts during what a prison spokeswoman called a “significant” disturbance.

“The fight appears to be gang related,” said Gwendolyn Hogan, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. “The department believes without a doubt that cell phones were used to organize and coordinate the disturbance.”  More