New Folsom Prison was the site of a riot today, the prison which is near the California Capitol of Sacramento houses roughly 2,800 prisoners, and the riot occurred in a maximum security area of the prison. While as many as ten prisoners were injured and required hospitalization, four of those prisoners have been returned to their cells with non-life threatening injuries.
Only two of the ten prisoners were shot in the process of stopping the riot and the rest of the injuries were the result of either blunt force trauma or stabbing.
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Prison spokesman Sgt. Tony Quinn had this to say:
"There is always tension inside here. There is a number of reasons these things occur,"
Regarding the use of force by guards during the attempt to quell the riot Quinn stated:
Whenever gunfire is used, that means "imminent loss of life," Quinn said, adding that the 10-minute riot was "an extremely long time."
While there were some minor injuries to prison employees, the prisoners were not reported to have been attacking the personnel who were tasked with breaking up the riot. The prison employees also used non-lethal weapons such as rubber bullets and pepper spray during the ten minute melee. Sgt. Quinn also reported that five manufactured weapons had been recovered by officers after the riot, but chose not to elaborate on what those weapons were.
The prison in question is one which houses a number of prisoners who have had problems elsewhere within the prison system and many of the prisoners at New Folsom are serving very long sentences for their crimes.