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San Quentin State Prison Officials Investigating Attack on a Correctional Officer

inmate Todd Givens

SAN QUENTIN – Officials at San Quentin State Prison (SQ) are investigating an incident in which a correctional officer was attacked by condemned inmate Todd Givens.

On Thursday, July 16 shortly after 9 a.m., a correctional officer was picking up food trays in one of the housing units at SQ that houses condemned inmates. Givens tried to slash the officer in his neck with an inmate-made weapon that had two razor blades and a sharpened, broken piece of nail clippers attached to it. The officer grabbed the weapon with his left hand. As Givens pulled the weapon back, it slashed the officer’s hand.

The officer was from another institution and had been redirected to support custody operations at SQ as part of the institution’s response to COVID-19. He was taken to a hospital where he received five stitches and was released.

Givens was re-housed in the Adjustment Center pending the investigation which is being conducted by SQ’s Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

Givens, 51, was admitted onto death row on July 23, 2004, from Tulare County for first-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon, intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury/death, another first-degree murder conviction, arson of property, and arson of a structure on forest land.


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