Up to 16 Imperial County Jail inmates could be charged with attempted murder in coming weeks if they were involved in a huge fight that erupted during a Friday morning recreation session.
Of the inmates, those who might have been released soon are each being held on $100,000 bail.
Sheriff's Department Lt. Johnathan Prince said four inmates were hurt in the scuffle but none were hurt seriously.
Prince said two men started the fight on the recreation yard's basketball court just after a group of 20 prisoners walked into the jail's "recreation module."
According to eyewitnesses, almost all of the prisoners in the recreation yard joined in the fight, allegedly using jailhouse weapons on rivals.
Prince said the Sheriff's Office would try to prosecute the prisoners responsible for starting the alleged melee but, "It's going to be tough because no one is going to talk. Victims will do the same. That's prison."