Archive for March 2015

2015

30

Mar

Work Stoppage and Hunger Strike at Karnes County Residential Center, Texas

March 30, 2015 – (end date unknown): Around 78 detained immigrant mothers, most of whom were seeking asylum from Central American countries, signed a letter demanding their release and launched a work and hunger strike as well as a boycott of the facility.

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25

Mar

Hunger Strike at Regina Provincial Correctional Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada

March 25, 2015: Following another hunger strike earlier in the month, approximately 12 prisoners launch a second hunger strike to express issues with the fulfillment of their previous demands for religious freedom, access to exercise and other issues. The hunger strike lasts one day and is called off when negotiations with the administration begin again.

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24

Mar

Disturbance at Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee

March 24, 2015: According to the correctional officers union, seventeen inmates at the juvenile detention center smashed out windows at the facility and threatened one correctional officer with shards of glass.

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16

Mar

Hunger Strike at Ohio State Penitentiary

March 16, 2015: Between thirty and forty prisoners went on hunger strike for a month, protesting new restrictions on recreation and group programming for those in solitary confinement. Prisoners alleged that they were being prevented from attending religious services, a right protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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02

Mar

Hunger Strike at Regina Provincial Correctional Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada

March 2 – 3, 2015: At least 15 prisoners in the high security unit launch a hunger strike to demand access to outdoors exercise, freedom to practice Indigenous religious ceremonies and other demands. Forrest Pelletier, a prisoner at Regina involved in the strike, spoke with Global News, “There’s no gym. There’s a room with a window that opens and they say that’s our exercise. We just want outside exercise at least once a week or else given some type of exercise equipment.”

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02

Mar

Disturbance at Bernalillo Metropolitan Detention Center, New Mexico

March 2, 2015: Two prisoners caused a disturbance by damaging parts of their prison cells and trying to agitate other prisoners. One kicked and broke cell doors, while the other smashed a cell door window. The damage cost the prison over $1,000.

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