Sunday, August 9, 2009

Update On Aug. 8 Disturbance at the California Institution for Men (CIM)

Chino – Staff continue to evaluate the extent of inmate injuries and damages to state property following the riot that occurred on Saturday, Aug. 08, 2009, with inmates at the California Institution for Men, Reception Center West Facility.

Thirty-eight inmates of the initial 55 inmates who were transferred to local community hospital for medical treatment for more serious injuries have been returned or are en-route back to the institution following medical treatment.

Preliminary assessments have been made to the housing units, which sustained extensive damage by the rioting inmates. Most of the housing units are currently uninhabitable, including one housing dormitory that was completely destroyed by fire.

Upon completion of medical evaluations of all 1300 inmates at the RC-West Facility to determine the extent of their injuries, some inmates were moved to separate facilities at CIM. An assessment is also being conducted to determine, which inmates can be transferred to another institution within the state.

There have been no reports of any staff injuries as a direct result of the inmate related violence. The institution is still on lock-down, pending investigation into the reason for the fighting. All inmate visitations have been suspended.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate toured the institution today to assess the situation and to speak to staff. “I want to commend CIM acting Warden Aref Fakhoury and the courageous CIM staff who responded to end this major disturbance.” He also praised staff from nearby institutions for their assistance and gave his sincere appreciation and thanks to local law enforcement agencies who responded from the cities of Chino, Chino Hills and Ontario, along with and the Chino Valley Independent Fire District for their assistance

California Institution for Men, which opened in 1941, serves as a Reception Center for parolees returning to custody and newly committed male felons from several Southern California counties. The Reception Center completes diagnostic tests, medical and mental health screening, and literary assessments for classification in order to determine inmates’ appropriate institutional placement. CIM houses currently 5,911 inmates and employs approximately 2,100 people.

See original story here

See August 11, 2009 update here