Oahu Community Correctional Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
February 11, 2016

At least 15 prisoners light fires, tear bunks from the walls and flood the unit’s second floor with water by blocking up toilets and sinks at the state’s largest prison. Officials claim that the riot is the biggest the state has seen in 30 years.

According to the prison administration, the prisoners’ actions were partially in response to the prison’s failure to supply them with writing materials to file grievances.

According to Hawaii News Now, the prison was also overcrowded at the time. “The second floor of the unit has 12 cells that are supposed to be single-occupancy, but three of them had two inmates in each of them because of overcrowding.”

Citations:

EXCLUSIVE: Riot leads to lockdown at state’s largest jail,” Hawaii News Now, February 16, 2016.

“State to investigate OCCC inmate disturbance”, Star Advertiser, February 17, 2016.