Attack on Guards at North Kern State Prison, California

Attack on Guards at North Kern State Prison, California

North Kern State Prison, Delano, California
September 13, 2019

After a guard found a prisoner with a contraband cellphone, the prisoner attacked the guard and seven others joined in. The prisoners punched and kicked the guards, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Guards responded to the incident using pepper spray and firing a less-lethal “sponge round” from a 40 mm launcher, according to a CDCR spokesman.

The guard was transferred to the hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The prison was placed on lock-down following the incident.


California correctional officer attacked by eight inmates at state prison“, The Sacramento Bee, September 16, 2019.

North Kern State Prison Officials Investigating Attack on a Correctional Officer by Eight Inmates“, CDCR, September 16, 2019.

Article published November 12, 2019

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