On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at approximately 11:47 a.m., a riot involving seventy inmates occurred on the main yard at Folsom State Prison.

Correctional Officers utilized pepper spray, less-lethal riot control rounds, and three warning rounds from the Mini 14 to quell the riot.

There were no serious injuries to any of the staff or involved inmates.

The incident is under investigation by Folsom Investigative Services Unit in order to determine what sparked the riot. Folsom State Prison will remain on modified program pending the investigation.

In addition to the prison’s investigation, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Deadly Force Investigation Team, the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing the incident.

Folsom State Prison is a medium security that houses more than 3,100 inmates and employs nearly 1,000 people. FSP opened on July 26, 1880 as the second oldest Prison in California.

CONTACT: Lt. Paul Baker
(916) 351-3016