Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, Shirley, Massachusetts January 10, 2017 After a fight broke out during recreation, officers ordered prisoners to return to their cells without showers. This caused a standoff–prisoners refused to return into their cells and forced guards out of the unit. Prisoners took control of a cellblock and destroyed the unit, using fire extinguishers to destroy computers and surveillance cameras and smashing windows, ceiling tiles and sprinkler systems. The unit was a total loss, according to authorities. There were no reported injuries. CBS Boston interviewed a former prisoner, Anthony, who witnessed the uprising. Anthony said that prisoners were not fighting each other and said that the uprising was an act of civil disobedience. Fifteen prisoners later received charges related to the destruction of property.  

Damage to prison infrastructure following the uprising at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (Photo Source: Mass. Department of Corrections via CBS Boston).

“Photos: Riot leaves maximum-security prison wing in ruins,” Fox News, January 10, 2017. “Video shows prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Corrections Center“, Mass Live, YouTube, January 10, 2017.

Public Safety Secretary: Inmates In Shirley Prison Riot Were ‘Getting Ready For War’”, CBS Boston, January 10, 2017.

Exclusive: Former Inmate Reveals What Sparked Riot At Maximum Security Prison“, CBS Boston, February 2, 2017.

Exclusive: Former Inmate Reveals What Sparked Riot At Maximum Security Prison,” CBS Boston, YouTube, February 3, 2017.

15 Inmates Indicted In Souza-Baranowski Prison Riot“, CBS Boston, June 27, 2017.