Donaldson Correctional Facility, Bessemer, Alabama
September 9, 2015

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After days of lockdown and other unusual restrictions on their movement, inmates rushed an unlocked door of the dining hall en-masse and occupied it. They also took over the common area and refused to lock down. They fought guards who attempted to subdue them and six inmates ended up with serious injuries. One prisoner’s report of the incident highlights its multiracial nature, saying that, “It felt so good to walk around the block (when they did let us up) and hear everyone talking about running it on the CO’s! Black, white, Blood, GD, young, old, 205, 334, Mobile, Birmingham. None of the things that kept us divided seemed to matter anymore. Everyone had identified one common enemy.”

Citations:

An Account of the Recent Rebellion at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama“, Anti-State St. Louis, October 28, 2015.

Background:

Former Alabama corrections officer says he ‘worked for’ inmates to bring pot into prison“, AL.com, November 24, 2015.