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Officials Investigating Riot at Salinas Valley State Prison

More than 150 inmates involved

SOLEDAD– Officials from Salinas Valley State Prison’s (SVSP) Investigative Services Unit are investigating the cause of a riot that occurred this morning on one of the maximum-security, general population facilities.  

Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and less-than-lethal force options to quell the riot that broke out at 11:10 am.
One inmate was airlifted to a local hospital. Initial numbers show 159 inmates were involved in the riot.
In total, 18 inmates suffered injuries from stab wounds, slash wounds, and head trauma. One inmate was airlifted to a local hospital; another ten were taken by ambulance. Seven inmates were treated at the institution’s medical facility. 
Medical and custody staff are continuing their assessments of all inmates on the yard to ensure no one is missed that has an injury. A supervisor from American Medical Response is on site assisting institutional staff in determining where to best send the inmates for medical care.
One staff member was injured while responding to the incident but the injury was not inflicted by an inmate.
The facility is on modified program pending an administrative review into the cause of the riot.
Salinas Valley State Prison opened in May 1996 and is located on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County.  The institution’s mission is to provide long-term housing for both minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates.
June 19, 2012
Contact: Lt. Michael Nilsson
(831) 678-5500 ext. 5554