Gangs clash at the California Men’s Colony
June 29, 2011
A riot involving 120 inmates and two prison gangs occurred Wednesday morning at the California Men’s Colony West Facility in San Luis Obispo County.
The riot, which took place around 10:15 a.m., consisted of fighting between the Surenos and the Paisas. The Surenos, Hispanics who hail from south of Paso Robles, are the prison’s largest gang, and the Paisas are Mexican nationals.
Lt. Dean Spears said one inmate was punctured during the melee, but no staff was injured.
The West Facility, which is a dorm setting and cannot be locked down, has been placed under modified program, meaning inmates have restricted privileges and must primarily remain in their bunks, Spears said. No safety precautions have been taken at the East Facility.
A cause for the violence is yet to be determined.