Wednesday Oct 07 2009
Inmates riot at Folsom Prison
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
Eight prisoners taken to area hospitals for treatment, no officers injured
Discussion around the breakfast table turned ugly Wednesday morning at Folsom Prison. Eight inmates were treated at local hospitals after a disturbance involving approximately 120 inmates broke out in the dining hall at Folsom State Prison at 7:30 a.m. The inmates sustained non-life threatening injuries mostly bumps and bruises, according to prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile. No staff or officers were injured. The riot was quelled within 15 minutes by officers using gas grenades and pepper spray, according to Gentile. Inmates used their food trays and fists in the scuffle, he said. An investigation is under way to determine what sparked the fight. The prison was still on lockdown Wednesday afternoon. Folsom State Prison opened its doors on July 26, 1880, and is California’s second oldest state prison. Approximately 4,000 inmates are incarcerated at the medium security facility.