A riot Wednesday at a California prison holding many of the state’s most hardened criminals left 13 inmates wounded, including one who was shot by correctional officers.
The disturbance inside a yard at the California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom involved an unknown number of inmates after it broke out shortly after 11 a.m., said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
In addition to the inmate who was shot, at least 12 others were taken to the hospital after being stabbed or slashed during the riot, Thornton said. Four were treated and returned to the prison. Prison officials said 60 inmates were involved in the disturbance, but have not discussed what provoked it.
Correctional officers tried to quell the riot by firing non-lethal rounds of an unspecified type, according to a statement Thornton issued later Wednesday. They also fired six shots from a rifle. The state plans to investigate the decision to use potentially deadly force, which is a standard procedure.
It is at least the second known incident within a year at the 2,800-inmate maximum-security facility that opened in 1986 commonly known as New Folsom, due to its proximity to the more well-known Folsom State Prison, located 20 miles east of Sacramento.
In December, 11 inmates were hospitalized, including one shot by officers, after a riot that involved 150 inmates. One officer was injured during the confrontation. The fight occurred in the exercise yard of a housing unit.
The same prison that mostly houses inmates serving long sentences and has a sizable prison gang population was also the scene of a riot in May 2011 that sent six inmates to outside hospitals, two with serious injuries.
It’s also located next to the Folsom State Prison, a medium-security prison that opened in 1880 and is the second-oldest prison in California. It houses more than 3,100 inmates.