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Update on Riot at California State Prison-Sacramento

More than 150 inmates involved
REPRESA – Officials from California State Prison-Sacramento’s Investigative Services Unit are investigating the cause of the December 7 riot that involved more than 150 maximum-security inmates. As required by Departmental policies, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Internal Affairs Deadly Force Investigations Team is investigating the use of lethal rounds in halting the disturbance.
Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and rubber projectiles, and fired seven lethal rounds to quell the riot that broke out about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday. No inmates were critically injured in the riot.
Eleven inmates were transported to Sacramento-area hospitals. Nine were treated for minor injuries and released, but two inmates remain hospitalized Thursday morning. One is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and the other for facial injuries and a possible broken shoulder not related to gunshots. Each is in stable condition.
More than 400 staff members at CSP-Sacramento responded to the incident, including custody and medical personnel. No staff member was injured; previously reported staff injuries were not related to the riot.
Correctional officers recovered five inmate-manufactured weapons after the incident.
The prison’s C-Facility, where maximum-security inmates are housed, was placed on a modified program pending further investigation into this matter.
The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.
CSP-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. 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.
DECEMBER 8, 2011
DANA TOYAMA (916) 445-4950
LEVANCE QUINN (916) 294-3012