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Inmate Riot at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Under Investigation

SAN DIEGO – Approximately 134 inmates were involved in a riot on the Facility A Level III recreational yard at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) on today. The cause of the riot is under investigation.

The incident began at 11:25 a.m. when two inmates began fighting near the workout area. Other inmates joined in and the incident escalated into a riot.

Officers used four foam rounds and three warning shots from the Mini 14 to stop the incident. No inmates were struck by the lethal rounds. Some inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated by on duty medical staff. Three inmates were sent to a hospital outside the prison for further medical treatment. No staff members were injured.

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

The prison has been placed on a modified program and inmate movement on Facility A is expected to remain restricted to facilitate the investigation. All inmates suspected to have been involved have been placed in an Administrative Segregation Unit.

RJDCF opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
December 10, 2015            

Contact: Lt. Philip Bracamonte                                                                                           
 (619) 661-7802