COALINGA— On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 10:22 a.m., a riot involving approximately 30 inmates occurred on the Facility C, medium-security general population yard of Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP).
Correctional officers used pepper spray to quell the disturbance. After the riot, officers recovered three inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons from the immediate area of the incident.
Three inmates suffered serious injuries requiring transportation to an outside hospital for treatment. Preliminary evaluation revealed the injuries were not life-threatening.
There were no staff injuries as a result of the incident.
The PVSP Investigative Services Unit will investigate the cause of the riot.
Facility C was placed on lockdown pending further investigation.
PVSP, which opened in 1994, houses nearly 4,000 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2012
Contact: Lt. Doug Roberts