SATF inmates taking a stab at ‘Opportunity for Change’

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Prison Gangs, Prisons & Confinement, Spotlight, Substance Abuse and Treatment

“Providing opportunity for Change” is the motto of the state’s deadliest prison. Death is, after all, the ultimate state of change.

Corrections Officers are investigating a 60 inmate Riot at CSATF

Most injured inmates have returned to the prison from local hospitals

CORCORAN –Corrections Officers at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (CSATF) are investigating two apparently related incidents that escalated into riot on August 17, 2012.

That Friday, at about 7pm, fighting broke out inside the Facility-B dining room. Inmates from rival prison gangs, assualted each other with makeshift weapons. About 15 minutes later, more widescale fighting broke out inside one of the housing units. In both cases corrections staff used tear gas grenades and 40mm rubber projectiles to stop the rioting. The uninjured inmates who were involved in the fighting were restrained and isolated.

In all, 63 inmates were involved in the fighting. A total of 9 inmates were transported to local hospitals for a higher level of care as a result of their injuries which included puncture wounds, cuts, abrasions, and lacerations. One of the injured inmates had been thrown from the second story tier and suffered head injuries. He was life-flighted , via helicopter to a local hospital. Eight of the nine injured inmates have returned to the prison. The inmate with head injuries remains in a local hospital.

There were no staff injuries during the incident.

CSATF houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates. The prison opened in Kings County in 1997, houses 5,491 inmates and employs approximately 1,900 people.

August 18, 2012
Contact: Lupe Cartagena
(559) 992-7154

Paco is pleased to see CDCR considers some incidents at SATF worth reporting — While the attempted murder of a CO doesn’t merit a press release, at least we are being kept abreast of both gang mixers and assaults on medical staff there.   That’s a start.

Looking at the big picture, I find it rather ironic the deadliest prison in our system is the only one with the word “treatment” in its title — What is it about this grand rehabilitation facility’s program that leads the population to be so violent?  Is bloodletting an effective way of reducing substance abuse?

Perhaps it is time for CDCR to review the SOP’s there.  Barring that, it is apparent the blood will continue to flow on the “treatment” side of Corcoran. –


Note to Lupe Cartagena: The people in the green and khaki uniforms are correctional officers, not “corrections officers.”  It may seem a trifling distinction over at the propaganda bureau but as the official mouthpiece of CDCR you should, at least, use the correct and legal terminology.

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5 Comments to “SATF inmates taking a stab at ‘Opportunity for Change’”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it is odd that the players have not been identified in the press release?

    • pacovilla says:

      I concur, Bob. This is also the first time I have seen the term “makeshift weapons” versus “inmate manufactured…”

      • Gadfly says:

        Paco and Bob,

        You obviously don’t see the bigger CDCr picture here. The term “inmate-manufactured weapons” implies that inmates are spending their free time thinking of ways to harm others, which is not conducive to the “treatment” and “rehabilitation” of inmates at Corcoran. “Makeshift weapons” implies that there was an opportunity for inmates to spontaneously defend themselves when confronted by non-compliant inmates in need of greater treatment.

        As for why the names of the gangs were not released, well, one can only assume at this point that there was a concern that this particular release might actually come to the attention of the press. It would be most embarrassing for CDCr to have to explain why the “Rehab Boyz” were mixing it up with “The Treatment Brotherhood” during a group session over lunch.

        In all seriousness, I am glad staff is okay, I am a bit surprised how much information was contained in this release.