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Dec 15, 2010 11:33 PM

18 Hawaii inmates claim prison guards beat them

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii inmates housed in a privately run Arizona prison are claiming in a lawsuit they were stripped, beaten and kicked by guards.

KITV-TV reports that the 18 inmates sued the state of Hawaii and Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the Saguaro Correctional Center, in Honolulu Circuit Court on Monday.

The inmates say they were forced to stand in the cold in their underwear, kicked while on the ground and prevented from changing their clothes for days.

They allege Saguaro guards tried to coerce written statements about a July 26 gang fight in which a prison guard was severely beaten.

The suit seeks monetary damages and an injunction to stop the beatings.

State and CCA officials declined comment until they've reviewed the lawsuit.

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