CALIPATRIA – Seven inmates were injured during a riot involving about 200 inmates at Calipatria State Prison today. The riot started at around 10:15 a.m. on Facility B’s general population Level IV yard, a maximum-security area.
Response teams from other areas of the prison converged on the scene quelling the violence after about eight minutes. Staff fired warning shots, and rounds of pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber bullets. Following the riot, officers recovered several inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons from the immediate area.
Seven inmates had injuries, none life threatening. Six of those inmates were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Most of their injuries were a result of fighting, but one inmate required stitches for an injury from a rubber round. All have been returned to the prison.
No employees were injured.
Inmate movement is limited as prison officials investigate the cause of the riot.
Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992 and houses approximately 3,800 inmates, 1,700 of whom are serving life and 594 are serving life without the possibility of parole. There are 1,280 employees at the prison.
For immediate release
March 11, 2014
Contact: Lt. Everardo Silva
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