Folsom Prison Riot Injures 8 Inmates

11:48 AM, Oct 7, 2009   |    comments
California State Prison, Sacramento (Folsom Prison)
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FOLSOM, CA - A riot involving more than 100 inmates broke out Wednesday morning in a dining hall at Folsom State Prison and injured eight prisoners, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The disturbance broke out at 7:30 a.m. and involved about 120 inmates, according to corrections spokeswoman Michele Kane.

"Inmates used their food trays and fists in the scuffle, " Kane said.  "Officers were able to bring the situation under control within 15 minutes by using gas grenades and pepper spray."

No officers were injured in the riot and the prison remains under lockdown.

The injured inmates received bumps and bruises, said Kane, and were being treated at local hospitals. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, she said.

The cause of the melee is still being investigated, according to Kane.

Folsom is a medium-security prison that houses about 4,000 prisoners, said Kane.

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