Delano – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that approximately 300 inmates began rioting at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP). The inmates started the riot at approximately 1:45 p.m. on the Facility A recreation yard, a level IV general population facility. Correctional officers responded and utilized less lethal rounds, chemical agents, and two warning shots fired from rifles to quell the disturbance. Several inmates received stab, puncture, and slashing type wounds, none of which were life threatening and no staff members were injured.

An investigation will be opened to determine the reason for the riot as the cause is unknown at this time.

Kern Valley State Prison opened in 2005 and houses approximately 4,800 minimum, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

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January 11, 2012
CONTACT: Lt. Jeff Smith
(661) 721-6314