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Correctional Peace Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent two correctional officers to the hospital. Officials are still investigating a similar incident that occurred on February 2.

On February 10, 2016, at 3:37 p.m., inmate Michael Stevens, 58, struck a correctional officer in the face, causing the officer to lose his balance and fall on the ground. Inmate Stevens then attacked a responding officer by repeatedly striking him in the face knocking him unconscious. Additional officers arrived on scene to subdue inmate Stevens and place him in restraints.

The two officers were taken to an outside hospital for treatment and released. The first officer suffered minor injuries. The second officer suffered a head injury. Both are expected to recover.

Inmate Stevens received minor injuries and was treated by medical staff at the prison. He was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation.

Stevens was admitted to state prison on April 13, 2001, from Los Angeles County with a 10-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. During his incarceration he received a life-with-parole sentence in 2003 from Kern County for battery on a peace officer and other similar offenses committed while in prison.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility 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 nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

February 11, 2016
Contact: Lt. Phillip Bracamonte
(619) 661-7802