A Chronicle of Prisoner Unrest Across the US and Canada


Prison Protest Event Tracking

DateEventSource
2021-07-01 Coordinated Hunger Strike Across Seven Canada Prisons https://perilouschronicle.com/2021/07/01/coordinated-hunger-strike-across-six-canada-prisons-honours-indigenous-children/
2021-01-01 Hunger Strike at SCI Phoenix, Pennsylvania https://perilouschronicle.com/2021/06/25/pennsylvania-prisoners-start-hunger-strike-against-isolation-practices/
2021-01-01 Hunger Strike at Eyman State Prison, Arizona https://kjzz.org/content/1668692/inmates-hunger-strike-protesting-arizona-prison-conditions?fbclid=IwAR2z49Wjtao-TQTzatJXxFPr3GCJw6EtOuBEYgQbhKiH5VTW5zgxB9SgR6U
2021-01-04 Hunger Strike at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/covid-19-has-meant-delayed-court-dates-and-access-to-medical-care-for-pine-grove-inmates-remanded-women-are-speaking-out
2021-01-04 Hunger Strike at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/pine-grove-update-1.5882422
2021-01-05 Escape from Merced County Downtown Jail, California https://abc30.com/merced-jail-escape-county-outbreak/10319952/
2021-01-06 Uprising and Attack on Guards at Inverness County Jail, Oregon https://www.koin.com/news/health/coronavirus/inmates-riot-at-inverness-jail-as-covid-19-stokes-tension/
2021-01-09 Hunger Strike at California Substance Abuse and Treatment Facility, California https://itsgoingdown.org/corcoran-ca-report-on-hunger-strike-at-california-substance-abuse-and-treatment-facility/
2021-01-09 Attack on Guards at Sussex I State Prison, Virginia https://www.whsv.com/2021/01/10/virginia-prison-officer-stabbed-responding-to-a-disturbance/
2021-01-10 Escape from Lerdo Justice Facility, California https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/kcso-inmates-escape-lerdo-justice-facility/
2021-01-11 Attack on Guards at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, New Jersey https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-jersey-edna-mahan-correctional-facility-correctional-officers-charged-assault-gurbir-grewal-20210204.html
2021-01-21 Hunger Strike at Logan Correctional Center, Illinois https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-logan-prison-hunger-strike-20210616-zybygjrp2ngdbjvhouqkcclgmi-story.html
2021-01-23 Disturbance at Tom Green County Detention Facility, Texas https://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/news/local-news/disturbance-at-the-tom-green-county-detention-center/
2021-01-26 Attack on Guards at Southwest Correctional Center, Missouri https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2021/02/02/officers-inmates-call-for-change-after-missouri-prison-melee
2021-02-05 Escape from Okanogan County Jail, Washington https://www.q13fox.com/news/okanogan-prisoners-escaped-through-ventilation-ducts-sheriff-says
2021-02-06 Uprising at St. Louis Justice Center, Missouri https://perilouschronicle.com/2021/04/05/easter-rebellion-at-the-st-louis-city-jail/
2021-02-06 Uprising at St. Louis Justice Center, Missouri https://www.liberationnews.org/letter-from-an-inmate-st-louis-prisoners-protest-covid-violations-inhumane-conditions/
2021-02-07 Protest at Lawrence County Jail, Pennsylvania https://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/local_news/multiple-police-units-converge-on-jail-disturbance/article_e3ee109a-c336-11eb-916e-b34fa5f36b03.html
2021-02-15 Hunger Strike at Bertie Correctional Institution, North Carolina (exact start date unknown) https://itsgoingdown.org/north-carolina-anti-prison-riot-squad-sent-in-after-successful-hunger-strike/
2021-02-16 Escape from Rowan County Detention Center, North Carolina https://salisburypost.com/2021/05/17/two-men-escape-from-rowan-county-detention-center-found-in-bushes-on-fulton-street/
2021-02-17 Escape from Walsh County Jail, North Dakota https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/7050988-Sheriff-2-Walsh-County-inmates-back-in-custody-after-escape-violent-attack-on-jailers
2021-02-18 Hunger Strike at Bordeaux Prison, Montreal, Canada https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bordeaux-prison-inmates-hold-hunger-strike-over-confinement-measures-1.5310338
2021-02-24 Escape from Estrella County Jail, Arizona https://www.azfamily.com/news/3-inmates-captured-after-escaping-from-estrella-jail-in-phoenix/article_7d63e4e2-9ff2-11eb-b1a6-7f39c7f940e8.html
2021-03-01 Hunger Strike at Niagara Correctional Centre, Ontario, Canada (exact start date unknown) https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/local-st-catharines/news/2021/05/05/hunger-strike-at-niagara-detention-centre-in-opposition-to-new-phone-system.html
2021-03-01 Hunger Strike at Kilby Correctional Facility, Alabama https://www.theroot.com/i-feel-like-im-finna-die-why-everyone-in-alabamas-pris-1845985484
2021-03-05 Escape from Cherokee County Jail, Kansas https://www.ksn.com/news/crime/cherokee-county-jail-escapees-apprehended/
2021-03-10 Hunger Strike at Angola State Prison, Louisana https://twitter.com/angola_watchdog/status/1362169988124082176
2021-03-18 Escape from Community Corrections Center, Nebraska https://nptelegraph.com/news/state-and-regional/inmates-from-dawson-county-escaped-from-community-corrections-center-in-lincoln/article_9399de68-a922-11eb-bae1-4fdeca8f98fb.html
2021-03-22 Hunger Strike at East Jersey State Prison, New Jersey https://theintercept.com/2021/04/29/new-jersey-prison-legionnaires-disease/
2021-03-27 Attack on Guards at Oklahoma County Jail, Oklahoma https://kfor.com/news/detention-officer-hospitalized-and-inmate-killed-after-hostage-situation-protestors-and-family-members-say-poor-conditions-to-blame/
2021-03-31 Hunger Strike at Sonoma County Jail, California https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/sonoma-county-jail-inmates-call-for-more-contact-with-outside-world/?sba=AAS
2021-04-01 Disturbance at Ottawa County Jail, Oklahama https://www.koamnewsnow.com/damage-to-ottawa-county-jail-by-inmates-costing-thousands/
2021-04-01 Hunger Strike at Otero County Jail, New Mexico https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/2021/03/10/covid-19-practices-otero-county-jail-prompt-detainee-hunger-strike/4599002001/
2021-04-04 Uprising at Monroe County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania https://www.tnonline.com/20210109/supervisor-actions-contain-monroe-prison-disturbance/
2021-04-10 Disturbance at Idaho State Correctional Center, Idaho https://apnews.com/article/fires-boise-prison-riots-idaho-prisons-5c1da017e8073a4c089c2d6a7e03ac3e
2021-04-17 Escape from Douglas County Court, Missouri https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/omaha-teens-charged-in-double-homicide-tried-to-escape-from-kansas-city-area-jail-prosecutor/article_80c621f8-1881-5243-873e-24e1b28ebc02.html
2021-04-19 Hunger Strike at Drumheller Institution, Alberta, Canada https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/like-the-walls-are-closing-in-drumheller-inmates-stage-hunger-strike-to-protest-lockdown
2021-04-22 Disturbance at Swanson Correctional Center, Louisiana https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2021/06/28/swanson-inmates-barricade-themselves-inside-building-one-inmate-arrested/7788239002/
2021-04-28 Escape from Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center, Oklahoma https://kfor.com/news/local/authorities-searching-for-two-inmates-who-walked-away-from-an-oklahoma-prison/
2021-04-28 Escape from Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence, Arizona https://apnews.com/article/arizona-phoenix-robbery-prisons-f123da4d03ab853bbc31415985a6fb89
2021-04-29 Escape from Coffee County Jail, Tennessee https://www.wsmv.com/news/coffee-county-inmates-captured-after-escaping-work-detail/article_b0c8566a-802b-11eb-8971-c370e2dd7fca.html
2021-05-01 Hunger Strike at Moose Lake Facility, Minnesota https://www.startribune.com/sex-offenders-at-moose-lake-end-14-day-hunger-strike-after-reaching-deal-with-state-officials/600019058/
2021-05-03 Disturbance at Bergen County Jail, New Jersey https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/2021/05/07/bergen-county-jail-inmates-corrections-officers-clash-over-contraband/4992794001/
2021-05-07 Disturbance at Southern State CF, Vermont https://twitter.com/PerilousPrisons/status/1257006256369221633?s=20
2021-05-12 Escape from St. Francois County Jail, Missouri https://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/inmates-face-new-charges-after-jail-escape/article_c1844d1c-9ef4-5f4f-a504-77ca6682aca9.html
2021-05-13 Escape from Ross County Jail, Ohio https://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/news/2021/02/08/sheriff-inmates-broke-through-wall-escaped-roof/4436512001/
2021-05-24 Escape from Carson City Jail, Nevada https://mynews4.com/news/local/two-inmates-escape-carson-city-jail-saturday-evening
2021-05-25 Disturbance at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center, Texas https://www.valleycentral.com/news/local-news/cert-officers-end-inmate-disturbance-at-cameron-county-jail/
2021-05-26 Hunger Strike at Bergen County Jail, New Jersey https://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/inmates-face-new-charges-after-jail-escape/article_c1844d1c-9ef4-5f4f-a504-77ca6682aca9.html
2021-05-26 Hunger Strike at Buffalo Federal Detention Center, New York https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/COVID-19-hunger-strikes-scramble-for-vaccine-at-16000870.php
2021-05-28 Escape from Tyler County Jail, Texas https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/2-armed-and-dangerous-deep-east-texas-inmates-escape-tyler-county-jail/501-91362238-9e3d-487d-8ad7-cbad19c37928
2021-05-31 Disturbance at Bridge City Center for Youth, Louisiana https://www.wdsu.com/article/employee-hospitalized-14-imprisoned-youth-charged-with-escape-at-bridge-city-center-for-youth-monday/36608958#
2021-06-01 Hunger Strike at Sonoma County Jail, California https://www.audacy.com/kcbsradio/news/local/sonoma-county-inmates-hunger-strike-for-in-person-visits
2021-06-04 Disturbance at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Hawaii https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/06/05/breaking-news/hawaii-community-correctional-center-investigating-friday-night-inmate-riot/
2021-06-07 Escape from Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center, North Dakota https://www.kxnet.com/news/top-stories/dickinson-police-searching-for-two-escaped-inmates/
2021-06-07 Hunger Strike at Laval Migrant Center, Quebec, Canada https://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/declaration-of-the-inmates-of-the-laval-detention-centre
2021-06-14 Hunger Strike at Barton Jail, Ontario, Canada https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2021/03/11/covid-and-conditions-fuel-growing-hunger-strike-at-hamilton-prison/
2021-06-15 Escape from Cullman County Jail, Alabama https://apnews.com/article/alabama-cullman-prisons-3fe1af5205636531f6bbc4c807710327
2021-06-15 Escape from San Joaquin County Honor Farm Facility, California https://www.abc10.com/article/news/local/stockton/two-inmates-break-out-of-honor-farm-jail-in-san-joaquin-county/103-b95ee9a2-6eb9-4d9c-984f-4bb6c982e9c9
2021-06-21 Disturbance at Clay County Detention Center, Missouri https://eminetra.com/authorities-stop-jail-disturbance-at-clay-county-detention-center-news-kansas-city-missouri/605861/
2021-06-22 Disturbance and Attack on Guards at Northern Neck Regional Jail, Virginia https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/missed-meal-leads-to-disturbance-involving-17-prisoners-at-northern-neck-regional-jail/article_392bf01d-e297-5f2e-a10c-dfedda2da316.html
2021-06-23 Escape from Henry County Jail, Indiana https://fox59.com/news/police-looking-for-escaped-inmate-from-henry-county-jail/
2021-06-23 Hunger Strike at Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre, Canada https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/inmates-in-saskatoon-prince-albert-stage-hunger-strike-1.5860712
2021-06-26 Escape from Bridge City Correctional Facility, Louisiana https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-kids-escape-juvenile-jail-new-orleans-20210428-3tzblywo55acjd7ltqjfn625ae-story.html
2021-06-28 Disturbance at Spalding County Jail, Georgia https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/swat-called-in-to-put-down-jail-disturbance-spalding-jail/85-59b72f52-dad8-4088-8ec7-e168e5c49fb0

Report: The First 90 Days of Prisoner Resistance to the COVID Crisis
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Perilous is a digital research and media project documenting and publicizing acts of prisoner resistance and unrest across the US and Canada. We hope to include every event since 2010 in which two or more prisoners take action inside any type of carceral facility–state prisons, immigrant detention centers, city, county jails, federal prisons, juvenile centers, and more.

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