Archive for March 2017

2017

24

Mar

Attack on Guards at Pelican Bay State Prison, California

March 24, 2017: After guards use chemical agents and batons to intervene in a fight between two prisoners, the guards are attacked by a large group of prisoners. Guards fire live ammunition at the prisoners. According to the department of corrections’ press release, “Officers from three armed posts used lethal force to stop the attacks firing a total of 19 .223 rounds from the mini-14 rifle and three 40-millimeter direct impact rounds.”

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02

Mar

Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional Institution, Nebraska

March 2, 2017: Almost exactly two years after a major uprising at Tecumseh, approximately 40 prisoners refused orders to return to their cells. Prison staff left the day room of the housing unit and locked the doors, preventing the prisoners from moving to other units. During the uprising, prisoners set fires and destroyed prison infrastructure. Two prisoners were murdered by other prisoners during the uprising.

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