Thursday, December 23, 2010

Riot at Red Rock Correctional Facility in Arizona Under Investigation

[UPDATED December 24, 2010 @ 11:31am]

ELOY, ARIZONA – Eloy Police Department investigators, managers from private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigators are examining a riot that broke out at the prison Thursday afternoon.

Ten inmates were injured and seven of them transported to outside hospitals for treatment of moderate to serious injuries. One of the seven remains hospitalized Friday for treatment of injuries, which are described as not life-threatening.

The incident occurred during the lunch hour in an area that houses only California inmates. CCA officials said 43 inmates are believed to have been involved. Original estimates were110 inmates. The 43 inmates were identified during a review of videotape, and all have been placed in administrative segregation pending further investigation.

CDCR is pleased with the professionalism and training of CCA staff in this situation. Following California approaches to crowd fighting, they knocked this down quickly with no injuries to staff. Staff issued lawful orders to the participating California inmates to end the altercation and then used pepper spray. Inmates complied with orders, and within 10 minutes the inmates stopped fighting and lay down.

The incident drew trained response teams from other areas of the prison, as well as mutual aid from the Eloy Police Department as a precautionary measure.

Riot at Red Rock Correctional Facility in Arizona Under Investigation. The facility and a nearby facility of similar size remained on lockdown Friday.

The 1,596-bed medium-security Red Rock Correctional Center is owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and houses male inmates for the state of California and the state of Hawaii and detainees of the U.S. Marshals Service.

December 23, 2010
Contact: George Kostyrko (CDCR)
(916) 445-4950
Bobbi Jo Roscoe-Bryan
(CCA/Red Rock Correctional Center)
(520) 464-3800 ext. 21845