Kern Valley State Prison officers quell large-scale riot

Custody staff at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) quickly contained, isolated and controlled a large-scale incident on the prison’s maximum-security yard on Feb. 7.

At 10:43 a.m. a fight among four inmates on the recreational yard quickly escalated into a riot involving approximately 125 inmates. Correctional officers used multiple less-than-lethal force options including pepper spray, chemical agents and various direct impact rounds to quell the incident. Responding staff controlled the incident within minutes.

Officers recovered seven inmate-made weapons.

A second incident occurred at the same time in one of the housing units on the same facility. The second incident involved six inmates and required the use of less-than-lethal direct impact rounds to gain compliance with officers’ orders and stop the attack.

Five inmates were transported to local area hospitals for treatment of injuries they sustained during these incidents. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. No staff members were injured.

KVSP Investigative Services Unit is investigating these events.

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13 Responses

  1. Ed Monday, February 27, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Good job KVSP officers.

  2. Kevin Fields Friday, February 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Nice job, KVSP. Some day I will be back.

  3. K. Bozarth Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Amazing no staff were injured. Thank goodness!

  4. Derrick Patrick Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Way to go KVSP staff!

  5. C ARAGON Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Awesome job, y’all. Glad no staff was injured. Always ready …

  6. Marsha Porter Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 11:56 am

    These are starting to be a daily event lately. I am so glad that no-one was injured and that it was quickly isolated and contained. This makes staff feel much safer. Keep up the good work!

    • don novey Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Marsha,this is eye opening. My initial response was censored.

  7. KATHY Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Great job officers!

  8. Aletta Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Way to go Kern staff!

  9. Gail Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Good Job. Thank God for our officers. Training really paid off. Just happy that everyone is OK.

  10. Patricia Daniels Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Great job custody staff!

  11. D.K. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Awesome job containing it and glad all officers went home safely.

  12. Annie Elkins Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Excellent job. Glad all staff are safe

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