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Riot at San Quentin State Prison Quelled; Inmates Being Assessed for Injuries

San Quentin– Initial reports suggest anywhere from 150 to 200 inmates were involved in a large scale riot involving weapons on the Badger Section Reception Center exercise yard at about 11:30 a.m. this morning.  Staff utilized chemical agents, non-lethal and lethal force to quell the incident.
Inmates are currently being assessed for injuries and those with more severe injuries have been and are being transported to local hospitals by ambulances and state vehicles. Several inmates were slashed and/or stabbed multiple times during the incident and four are currently being treated at an outside hospitalfor non-life threatening injuries.  CDCR does not know the status of their condition at this time. No staff were injured.
The institution has been placed on a modified program pending further investigation into this matter.

San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest correctional institution, was opened July 1852 and includes a reception center, general population units, and a minimum security work crew unit. Male condemned inmates are also housed at San Quentin. The prison currently houses 4113 inmates and employs nearly 1700 people.


February 9, 2012
Sgt. Gabe Walters
(415) 455-5008