CALIPATRIA, Calif. – Eleven inmates were injured after a riot involving 200 inmates erupted at Calipatria State Prison on Saturday, prison officials reported.
No corrections staff members were injured in the riot, which started Friday, June 12 at 6:05 p.m. when 200 inmates began to fight on the yard and in one of the buildings, according to preliminary reports.
Response teams from other areas of the prison converged on the scene of the riot, which took place in Facility B’s general population Level IV yard, a maximum-security area, quelling the violence and subduing the inmates after about 12 minutes.
Staff fired a warning shot, used pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber rounds to control the violence.
Four of the eleven injured inmates were taken to an area hospital for treatment. All inmates have returned to the institution
Inmate movement is limited as prison officials continued to investigate the cause of the riot.
Calipatria State Prison opened in 1992 and houses about 3,500 inmates, 1,700 of whom are serving life and 594 are serving life without the possibility of parole. There are 1,280 employees at the prison.