Riot at Kern Valley State Prison leaves 10 inmates injured

An official at Kern Valley State Prison near Delano says several fights broke out just before 10:00 a.m. Thursday on the prison's maximum security yard.
The following is a news release from Kern Valley State Prison:

(Delano) – Custody staff at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) quickly contained, isolated and controlled a large scale incident on the prison’s maximum-security yard today.

At 9:51 a.m., several fights broke out among groups of inmates on the B Facility yard. Correctional officers used less-than-lethal options including pepper spray, chemical agents, and direct impact rounds to quickly stop the fights and bring the incidents under control.

So far, 10 inmates have been taken by ambulance to outside hospitals for treatment of stab wounds. KVSP staff are assessing the involved inmates for injuries.

Investigators with KVSP’s Investigative Services Unit are investigating the incident.

This information is preliminary; updates will be provided later.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,782 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

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