13 inmates hurt, shots fired during ‘New Folsom’ prison riot

Prison does not rehabilitate, overcrowding does not create safe conditions, but we cannot keep on building prisons, we HAVE TO Educate and Create Futures and not rely on incarceration.

From: NBC, Sept 20th 2012
By NBC News staff and wire reports

A prisoner was shot and wounded and 12 others were sent to the hospital with “stab and slash wounds and head trauma” after a riot involving 60 inmates broke out Wednesday at a prison in Folsom, California, officials said.

Officers at California State Prison-Sacramento – which houses mostly maximum-security inmates – fired six bullets from a rifle during their efforts to stop the fighting, according to a statement on the prison’s website.

California’s state prisons have been plagued by hunger strikes, occasional violence and overcrowding and remain at more than 50 percent above capacity, despite a massive shifting of low-level offenders to county jails that began last year, Reuters reported.

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Press Release by CDCR:

CDCR Today

Incident at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation
REPRESA – California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) administrators are investigating the causes of a riot that occurred today at 11:17 a.m. on one of the prison’s maximum-security general population yards.

Sixty inmates were involved in the incident. Correctional peace officers used less-than-lethal force options including blast dispersion rounds to stop the riot. Officers also discharged six rounds from the Mini 14 rifle. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Another 12 inmates were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries including stab and slash wounds and head trauma. Four of the 12 were treated and returned to the prison.

Several other inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated at the prison.

There are no reports of injuries to staff. Officers recovered four inmate-made weapons.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sent a Deadly Force Investigation Team to conduct a criminal and an administrative investigation into the use of deadly force. A deadly force review board will conduct a full and complete review of the incident as well.

The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was also notified and will provide real-time oversight of CDCR’s investigation of its staff.

CSP-SAC is a multi-mission institution that houses 2,658 inmates. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.


Contact: Sgt. L. Quinn, (916) 294-3012 or Terry Thornton, (916) 445-4950