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North Kern State Prison Officials Investigating Attack on Correctional Officers by Inmate

DELANO ― Two North Kern State Prison (NKSP) correctional officers are recovering from injuries sustained after they were attacked by an inmate on Dec. 10.

The incident began about 8:45 p.m. when inmate Traymar Robinson approached an officer who was monitoring inmate movement in the Reception Center on Facility D and struck him in the face with his fists. When another officer quickly responded and attempted to stop the attack, Robinson struck the second staff member. The inmate ignored verbal orders to get down. A third officer responded and they were able to subdue Robinson and place him into handcuffs.

Two of the officers were injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. One officer suffered a broken hand and the other was knocked unconscious. Both officers were treated and released and are recovering at home.

Robinson, 23, was received by CDCR from San Bernardino County on Aug. 3, 2016 for second-degree robbery. He was paroled on Oct. 10, 2017. He was received by CDCR on July 9, 2018 from San Bernardino County to serve a four-year sentence for vehicle theft and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

NKSP’s Investigative Services Unit is conducting an investigation. Robinson was placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.

NKSP houses medium- and minimum-custody general population inmates and provides them vocational and academic education as well as other rehabilitative programs. Part of NKSP is a reception center where newly arriving inmates are processed. After compiling their criminal records, life histories, medical and psychological evaluations and social relationships, NKSP staff determines the inmate’s classification score and institutional placement. NKSP houses more than 4,100 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people. ###

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