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Riot at Calipatria State Prison Under Investigation; Inmates Injured

CALIPATRIA – Calipatria State Prison investigators and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Deadly Force Investigation Team are investigating a riot that broke out at the prison late this morning.

The incident involved approximately 120 inmates in the Facility A general population maximum-security yard. No staff was hurt during the incident, which drew trained response teams from other areas of the prison.

Preliminary reports indicate that 14 inmates were injured, with 10 being taken to outside hospitals for treatment of moderate to serious injuries.

Responding correctional officers used pepper spray in an effort to quell the violence as additional staff arrived on the scene. Four Mini-14 rounds were fired. Several of the inmates transported offsite sustained gunshot wounds. It is not known at this time if any injuries are life-threatening.

Per normal protocol, the Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review and the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office have been informed of the incident.

At this time, the prison has been placed on lockdown.

Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992. The institution’s mission is to provide long-term housing for both minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates. The Imperial County facility houses more than 4,100 inmates and employs 1,280 people.

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Contact: Jorge Santana
(760) 348-6002