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Inmate Riot at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Under Investigation

CORCORAN – Approximately 20 inmates were involved in a riot in three C-Facility dayrooms at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison-Corcoran (SATF) on Thursday, Nov. 5. The cause of the riot is under investigation.

The incident began at 8:40 p.m., when an inmate was attacked by two other inmates in a dayroom. The physical altercation escalated into a riot within the dayrooms of the maximum-security building.

When staff saw an inmate attacking another with an inmate-manufactured weapon, two Mini-14 rounds were deployed, one striking the inmate in the lower torso. He was transported by helicopter to an outside hospital, where he is reported in stable condition. Officers used nine foam rounds and four pepper spray grenades to quell the incident. The inmate-manufactured weapon was recovered at the scene.

A second inmate was airlifted to an outside hospital, having received multiple stab wounds. He is listed in critical condition. Four additional inmates were transported by ambulance to hospitals for treatment of injuries including lacerations, puncture wounds and head trauma. All have been discharged and are in an Administrative Segregation Unit at SATF.

This incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified. CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team will also review this incident.

Inmate movement is limited throughout the prison and C-Facility is expected to remain on modified program until the investigation into the cause of the riot is complete.

SATF opened in August 1997 on approximately 280 acres in Kings County. The institution provides housing, programs and services for 5,518 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,800 people.

CONTACT: Stephen Smith
(559) 992-7154