Florence Correctional Center, Florence, Arizona
August 22, 2014

A group of prisoners from Vermont housed at the private, CCA-run (Corrections Corporation of America, now CoreCivic) facility, staged a coordinated protest, refusing to return to their cells. Prison guards responded to the protest by deploying a “chemical agent.” The prisoners then returned to their unit and began destroying prison infrastructure including microwaves, televisions and other equipment.

The prisoners were protesting their transfer to a prison thousands of miles away from friends and family as well as various limitations on their movement within the prison.


Fracas in Arizona Prison Leads to Lockdown for Vermont Inmates“, Seven Days, October 1, 2014.