CDCR investigating riots at Pleasant Valley State Prison and Avenal State Prison

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is investigating two separate riots that happened today at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga and Avenal State Prison. 

Combined, the riots sent a total of 11 inmates to outside hospitals for treatment.

The first incident occurred just after 12:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley State Prison. 

134 inmates were involved. Staff were able to quickly get the situation under control by using OC Pepper Spray and non-lethal weapons.

Five inmates were rushed to local hospitals; seven others were being evaluated in the prison’s medical clinic. The extent of their injuries is not known. 

During the riot CDCR staff discovered many inmates manufactured weapons.

Officials say around 1 p.m., another riot broke out at Avenal State Prison involving about 80 inmates. 
Staff say they were able to quickly control the riot within minutes. Six inmates were taken to local hospitals.

No staff were injured in either incident. The cause of the riots are not known.

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