By Cecilio Padilla

REPRESA (CBS13) — Corrections officials say about 20 inmates were involved in a riot at Folsom State Prison on Thursday morning.

The incident happened just after 9 a.m. in one of the prison’s medium-security housing units while the inmates were in the middle of program activities.

Correctional officers tried to break up the fight, but it took deploying chemical agents to stop the violence. After the fight, five inmates were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No prison staff were hurt in the riot, officials say.

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Exactly what led up to the fight is now under investigation.

Officials say they have limited inmate movement as a result of the fight and to help investigate the incident.


  1. Miranda says:

    I’m actually surprised this isn’t happening more often since they are getting little to no yard time. This includes exercise. You can’t exercise in a tiny cell meant for one that has two men crammed in it. With all that pent up energy and aggression of course there is going to be more fights and riots happening. CDCR is doing everything the wrong way. Why are they not releasing more? They have men in there with less than 30 days left but refuse to let them out early.

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