Monday, April 7, 2008

CCI Staff Recovering As Investigation into Stabbing Assault Continues

Statewide lockdown of southern Hispanic inmates lifted as incident appears isolated to CCI

Tehachapi - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) lifted the statewide lockdown of southern Hispanic inmates on Monday afternoon following last week's attack of four employees at California Correctional Institution (CCI).

Of the four employees - two sergeants and two correctional officers - three were treated and released from area hospitals and are recovering at their homes. One of the sergeants is still being treated in the hospital for stab wounds, lacerations, a skull fracture and other injuries. He is in stable condition at this time.

CDCR Secretary James Tilton visited the sergeant and his family in the hospital last Friday and noted that the sergeant is in good spirits.

"While he has a long road ahead of him, we are optimistic for a full recovery," said Tilton. "I am also heartened by the support and well-wishes he and the other injured staff members are receiving from throughout the department."

CDCR placed all adult institutions on lockdown following the April 3 attack on staff by two inmates identified as southern Hispanics. The lockdown was amended the following day to include only the southern Hispanic prison population to determine if the attack was coordinated.

Today, CDCR lifted the statewide lockdown, returning all inmates to normal programming after investigators' initial determination that the attack was isolated to CCI and not impacting other state prisons. CCI in Tehachapi will remain on lockdown until further notice.CDCR investigators are continuing to investigate not only the cause of the April 3 attack, but are still conducting searches and interviews, gathering intelligence, and analyzing their findings.

See Previous Stories on CCI:

CDCR Announces Change in Statewide Lockdown Following Attack on Officers at California Correctional Institution (04/04/08)
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CDCR Correctional Staff Attacked by Two Inmates at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi (04/03/08)
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