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Correctional Officers Assaulted at Pleasant Valley State Prison

COALINGA – Two correctional officers were attacked by an inmate Thursday at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP).

On Jan. 26 at around 7 p.m., a correctional officer was monitoring the dayroom when inmate Brandon Lawrence, 25, approached the officer and began striking him in the head and facial areas with his fists. The officer immediately began to defend himself from Lawrence’s attack using his own fists. The control booth officer activated an alarm, ordered all inmates in the dayroom to get down on the ground, and radioed responding staff to advise them of the ongoing emergency. While waiting for responding staff to arrive, the first officer was able to grasp Lawrence and pull him to the floor. The officer wrapped his arms around Lawrence’s upper torso and held him to the ground using the weight of his body. Responding staff arrived and assisted the officer with placing Lawrence in handcuffs and leg restraints.
During the altercation, the officer sustained a bruised nose and facial swelling, and a responding officer sustained a bruised knee. Both officers were transported to an outside medical facility for treatment and have since been released. Inmate Lawrence did not sustain any injuries and was placed in short-term restricted housing. He will face charges of battery on a peace officer.
Lawrence was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Dec. 7, 2015, from Tulare County to serve an eight-year sentence for attempted murder and inflicting great bodily injury.
PVSP opened in 1994 and houses approximately 3,200 minimum, medium, and maximum-security inmates. The institution employs approximately 1,300 staff members. PVSP’s mission is to provide long-term housing and professional rehabilitative services for inmates of all custody levels. Education and career technical skills are offered to inmates through academic classes, vocational instruction, and work programs to create viable job skills that are marketable in today’s workforce.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             
Jan. 27, 2017          
Contact: Lt. Matt Martin
(559) 935-4900 ext. 5200