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Inmate Riot at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center Under Investigation

One inmate dies, two others seriously injured

WASCO— On Monday, June 3, at 9:20 a.m., a riot involving approximately 40 inmates occurred inside the Facility “A” Exercise Yard at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC).

Correctional officers fired one round from the Mini-14 Rifle to quell the disturbance.

Three inmates suffered serious injuries requiring them to be transported to an outside hospital for treatment; one of those inmates was pronounced deceased at approximately 10 a.m.  His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  The cause of death is currently unknown.

There were no staff injuries as a result of the incident.

The WSP-RC Investigative Services Unit will investigate the cause of the riot. The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review and the Office of Internal Affairs have been notified.

Facility “A” was placed on lockdown pending further investigation.

WSP-RC’s primary mission is to provide short term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement.  WSP-RC was opened in February 1991, houses approximately 5,000 inmates, and employs approximately 1,700 people.


For Immediate Release
June 3, 2013
Contact: Lt. Floyd Harl
(661) 758-8400 ext. 5013