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Correctional Officer Assaulted at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

SAN DIEGO – Two correctional officers were treated and released from a local hospital after being attacked by an inmate Wednesday at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD).

At around 1 p.m. June 21, a correctional officer was escorting inmate Lucious Wilson, 38, out of a building when Wilson lunged at the officer and began punching him in the face. The officer immediately began to defend himself from Wilson’s attack and attempted to strike back with his own fists. Other staff in the area observed the attack and immediately ran over to assist in restraining Wilson. After a struggle on the ground, the officers were able to subdue and restrain the inmate.

During the altercation, the officer sustained injuries to his facial area, including a puncture wound to his lip. A responding officer sustained an injury to his knee. Both officers were transported to an outside medical facility for treatment and have since been released. Inmate Wilson did not sustain any serious injuries and was placed in short-term restricted housing.

Wilson was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on July 10, 2012, from Los Angeles County to serve a 13-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon by a second striker and brandishing a deadly weapon.

RJD opened in 1987 and houses approximately 3,807 minimum-, medium, and maximum-security inmates. There are currently 1,906 staff members working at the institution. RJD’s primary mission is to provide long-term housing and professional rehabilitative services for inmates of all custody levels. Additionally, RJD is a designated institution for inmates with severe mental illness, inmates with developmental disabilities and is responsible for providing officer coverage for inmates being treated in community hospitals throughout San Diego County. 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.


June 22, 2017      
CONTACT:Lt. Jennifer Davies 
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