Several injured during CCC riot

A morning riot at the California Correctional Center in Susanville sent several inmates to the hospital, and some staff members were treated for non-life-threatening injuries Friday.

About 8:35 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, approximately 40 inmates were involved in a riot at California Correctional Center on Facility B, a medium-custody yard, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The riot allegedly occurred when inmates broke out of five dorms and began fighting other offenders. Correctional officers immediately responded. Additional inmates housed in other dorms attempted to break out of their housing units and started igniting small fires inside. Inmates battered staff that responded, according to the statement.

Non-lethal force was used to quell the violence, the statement read, and the CCC Fire Department quickly responded and extinguished the minor fires. Numerous inmate-manufactured weapons were recovered.

Several inmates were injured, including suffering from lacerations and puncture wounds. Four inmates were taken to outside hospitals, one via emergency life flight and three by ambulance. Of those inmates, two were in critical condition with head injuries and two were in fair condition. In addition, 11 inmates were being treated at CCC’s medical facility and were all in fair condition.

Two staff members were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries and several others were being medically evaluated within the facility, read the statement.

The incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

All inmates suspected to have been involved are being rehoused, including placement into an Administrative Segregation Unit. Inmate movement on Facility B has been limited to facilitate the investigation.

CCC opened in 1963 and currently houses approximately 4000 conservation camp, minimum-medium custody inmates that work with Cal Fire in wildland conservation and firefighting projects.