Thirteen injured in New Folsom Prison riot

By: Laura Newell Telegraph Staff Writer
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A riot left 13 inmates injured last week at California State Prison-Sacramento, commonly referred to as New Folsom Prison. Officers quelled a riot involving approximately 60 inmates that started at 11:17 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the B facility, one of the prison’s maximum-security general population yards, said Lt. Tony Quinn, prison spokesman. In addition to the use of less-than-lethal force options to stop the riot, officers discharged rounds from the Mini 14 rifle. “We used chemical agents, less-lethal rounds (rubber bullets) and lethal rounds to help control and stop the riot,” Quinn said. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, said prison officials. “The inmate was hit in the left hip (by lethal rounds) and sent to an area hospital,” Quinn said. “He underwent surgery and is currently recovering. He is listed as stable (but) critical condition.” At least 12 other inmates were taken to area hospitals for treatment of stab and slash wounds. Quinn said there are no reports at this time of injuries to staff. “We are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation, and are unsure of why the riot started at this time,” Quinn said. “The B facility is currently on lockdown, or modified program, and will remain on lockdown until the conclusion of the investigation.”