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Riot at Folsom State Prison under Investigation

FOLSOM – Officials at Folsom State Prison (FSP) are investigating a riot that occurred Sunday, Jan. 29. The riot was quelled within minutes and no staff members were injured. One inmate was transported to an outside hospital.

The riot began at 2:05 p.m. in the main visiting room at FSP. Ninety-one visitors had just left the room and were behind a locked security door where they could not witness the riot. There were no visitors in the room when the riot began, nor were any visitors exposed to chemical agents. All visitors were accounted for and processed out of the institution without incident.
Correctional officers utilized chemical agents to immediately quell the incident. Inmates in the visiting room were evaluated by medical staff. One inmate was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of a head laceration. He has been returned to FSP.
Seventy-eight inmates were in the visiting room at the time of the incident; however, not all inmates participated in the riot. The inmates were secured within their respective housing units and three inmates have been placed in FSP’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation of the incident. Inmate movement has been limited at FSP while the incident is investigated and other participants are being identified through investigation.
California’s second-oldest prison, FSP houses approximately 2,400 medium-security general population Level II and Level III inmates and employs more than 1,000 people. FSP’s rehabilitative programs include academic courses and career technical education, provided through Greystone Adult School.
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Jan. 30, 2017 

Contact: Lt. Elton Soriano
(916) 351-3016