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Pelican Bay State Prison Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

CRESCENT CITY – Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

This morning at 9:12 a.m., multiple inmates began fighting on the Facility A General Population outdoor exercise yard. Responding staff utilized force in the form of chemical agents, expandable batons, and a Mini 14 to quell the incident. Two inmates were sent to an outside hospital for medical care.

Inmate Francisco Galvan, 26, was apparently attacked by three others, and was later pronounced deceased at an outside hospital just after 1 p.m. He died from wounds incurred during the attack. Galvan was received by CDCR from Santa Barbara County in February 2012, with a seven-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resulting in great bodily injury. He had previously been in prison with a two year conviction for grand theft, and had been paroled in March 2010.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit (ISU). No staff members were injured during the incident.The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

PBSP is located in Del Norte County. The prison is comprised of two maximum-security facilities, two security housing unit facilities, a minimum-support facility and a short-term restricted housing unit. The prison provides treatment for mentally ill inmates and provides work, academic, career technical education, self-help and other rehabilitative programs. PBSP also has a firehouse with eight fulltime inmate firefighters. PBSP opened in 1989, currently houses approximately 2,100 inmates and employs approximately 1,300 people.
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March 9, 2017    
 Contact: Lt. Jessica Berg
(707) 465-9040