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Folsom State Prison Investigating Riot

Oct. 29 UPDATE: All five inmates sent out for treatment of non-life threatening injuries have returned to the institution.

Represa – On Thursday, Oct. 29, at 9:05 am., approximately 20 inmates were involved in a riot at Folsom State Prison (FSP) on one of the facility’s medium-security housing unit.

The riot occurred when a group of approximately 20 inmates began fighting during program activities. Correctional officers immediately responded to the area where the fights were occurring and gave multiple orders to stop fighting. When inmates did not comply, responding officers deployed chemical agents to quell the violence.

No staff were injured.

Five inmates were transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries as a result of their participation in the riot.

The incident is under investigation by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

Inmate movement has been limited to facilitate the investigations.

Folsom State Prison (FSP) is the second oldest prison in the State of California. FSP primarily houses minimum (Level I) and medium (Level II and III) general population male inmates. FSP’s main yard has five buildings that house the medium security inmates. FSP offers rehabilitative programs to include academic education and career technical education, which are provided through FSP’s Greystone Adult School


For immediate release

October 29, 2020

Contact: CDCR Press Office