Inside the riot at Chino: What really happened?


By Luke Whyte

CHINO, Calif. — Even before the violent riot involving more than 1,000 inmates broke out on the night of August 8th, tensions were high at the California Institute for Men in Chino (CIM).

Two days earlier, staff had received an anonymous note from an inmate saying that an uprising would soon erupt somewhere in the prison.

The informant warned that there would be a staged fight, after which inmates across the facility planned to follow suit — the whole complex exploding into revolt.

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