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Officers Injured in Attack on Staff at Calipatria State Prison

CALIPATRIA – Five correctional officers and one correctional sergeant were injured in an unprovoked attack Sunday, Jan. 15, that involved 31 inmates at Calipatria State Prison (CAL).

While staff was conducting clothed body searches of inmates on Facility B at CAL, an inmate began running across the yard, with staff in pursuit. Inmates were ordered to “get down,” but 12 inmates instead began punching and kicking staff. More inmates soon joined in the attack.
Response teams from other areas of the prison converged on the scene, quelling the violence in less than one minute. Staff utilized pepper spray, foam rounds and physical force to subdue the attackers. Following the incident, officers recovered several inmate-manufactured weapons from the area.
Six officers were taken to outside hospital for treatment of facial injuries with bleeding or swelling, and chemical exposure. All were treated and released the same day and are expected to make full recoveries.
One inmate was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of a cut to his head. He was treated and returned to CAL the same day.
The 31 inmates identified as active participants in the assault of staff have been placed in CAL’s Administrative Segregation Unit while the incident is investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified. Inmate movement has been limited to facilitate the investigation.
Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992. The prison houses around 3,800 minimum- and maximum-security inmates. The prison offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs more than 1,000 people. For more information, visit

Jan. 17, 2017

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