News Releases

Staff recovering from attack by inmates at California State Prison, Corcoran

CORCORAN ― Correctional staff members were attacked by inmates at California State Prison, Corcoran (CSP-COR) Monday.

On Nov. 6 at 11:53 a.m., custody staff conducted a cell search on the second tier of a building on Facility C, and ordered inmates to step back into their cell while they restrained and removed them. After the first inmate was escorted to a lower tier, the second inmate backed up to the cell door, turned around and pulled an officer into the cell. An inmate incited others to join the attack and several rushed the area. A correctional counselor pepper sprayed inmates who attempted to join the fray.

The unit alarm was activated and additional staff arrived as four inmates were battering the first officer. Staff also used 40mm direct impact rounds to quell the incident.

The two staff members who faced the brunt of the initial assault were transported to an outside hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Both were treated for injuries to their faces and are expected to make a full recovery.

Four inmates were treated by prison medical staff for minor injuries.

Inmate movement at CSP-COR is limited while the institutions’ Investigative Services Unit looks into the matter.

California State Prison, Corcoran opened in 1988, employs approximately 2,500 people and houses 3,093 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates. The prison provides inmates with work, vocational, academic, educational, self-help, religious and other rehabilitative programs and has a fully licensed correctional treatment center.


November 6, 2017

CONTACT: Lt. Edward Sanchez