Archive for April 2016

2016

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Apr

Uprising at Sarpy County Jail, Nebraska

April 29, 2016: Four prisoners “become unruly” damaging about 11 sprinklers in the holding cell, flooding it and the public defenders’ office below. The water causes approximately $100,000 in damage. The prisoners are charged with criminal mischief and terroristic threats, with bond set at $1 million.

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21

Apr

Hunger Strike and Protest at Immigrant Detention Center in Georgia

April 21 – December 21, 2016 (exact dates uncertain): Between (at least) April and December of 2016, dozens of detainees at the Stewart Detention Center launch rolling hunger strikes in protest of their confinement and treatment by ICE.

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13

Apr

Protest at York County Jail, Maine

April 13, 2016: At least half of the 79 prisoners in general population refuse to go to their cells in a “non-violent protest” of recent policy changes at the jail. Initially “mischaracterized as a riot” according to Sheriff William King, the protest brings emergency response teams and ambulances. After one-hour the prisoners return to their cells.

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12

Apr

Michigan Food Strike Spreads to Cotton Correctional Facility, Michigan

April 12, 2016: The food strike started on 3/20 spreads to a third facility in Michigan with at least 660 prisoners refusing meals at Cotton, as reported by the prison administration.

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11

Apr

Uprising at Perry Correctional Institution, South Carolina

April 11, 2016: Prisoners take control of a 180-person dorm during a 5 hour uprising, holding a guard hostage and assaulting him. While staff attempts to regain control of the unit, a total of three guards are stabbed.

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04

Apr

Rolling Work Strikes in Prisons Throughout Texas

April 4-20, 2016: Prisoners call for a strike across Texas, spreading the word to the outside primarily through Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee (IWOC) networks. At least 4 prisons participate in the rolling work strikes. The announcement of the nationally coordinated September 9th strike goes public three days before this strike, and spreads with its coverage.

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04

Apr

Attack on Guards at Columbia Correctional Institution, Florida

April 4, 2016: A corrections officer at the Columbia Correctional Institution was stabbed and several others injured in an ambush by prisoners.

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