Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Officials Continue Investigation into Riot at Salinas Valley State Prison

Remaining hospitalized inmates in stable condition

SOLEDAD-- Officials from Salinas Valley State Prison's (SVSP) Investigative Services Unit are continuing to look into the cause of a riot that occurred Tuesday morning on one of the institution's maximum-security, general population facilities.

Initial investigation shows 69 inmates participated in the riot. Eleven inmates had injuries requiring ambulance transportation to outside hospitals with one inmate being airlifted to a local hospital and who remains in stable condition. Two inmates were admitted to the hospital and are in stable condition. The remaining nine were treated and sent back to the institution the same day. An additional eight inmates were treated at the institution’s medical treatment center.

Staff recovered eight stabbing/slashing weapons from the incident area.

Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and non-deadly force options to quell the riot that broke out at 11:10 am Tuesday.

One staff member was injured while responding to the incident but the injury was not inflicted by an inmate.

The facility is on modified program pending an administrative review into the cause of the riot.

Salinas Valley State Prison opened in May 1996 and is located on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County.  The institution’s mission is to provide long-term housing for both minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates.