CORCORAN – A riot involving approximately 60 inmates at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran (CSATF/SP) was contained shortly after it broke out just after 12 p.m. today on a maximum-security yard. Correctional custody staff used pepper spray and less-than-lethal weapons to quell the disturbance.

Numerous inmates suffered cuts and abrasions and were treated at the prison. Five inmates were transported to area hospitals for treatment of stab wounds. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

There were no injuries to staff.

Numerous inmate-made weapons were recovered.

The facility has been placed on a modified program pending further investigation into this matter. The Investigative Services Unit at the prison is conducting an investigation.

CSATF/SP is a multi-mission institution that houses 5,981 inmates and employs more than 1,800 people. Opened in 1997, the institution houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates and provides substance abuse treatment programs, academic and vocational education, and re-entry and self-help programs to prepare inmates for their reintegration into society.

JANUARY 10, 2012

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