Archive for April 2017

2017

15

Apr

Inmates Set Fire to Uniforms at Cook County Jail, Chicago

April 15, 2017: On April 15th, inmates in the super-max wing of Cook County Jail light a wick using a microwave and set fire to a pile of uniforms meant to designate them as inmates who engage in sexual misconduct. Smoke from the fire causes the unit to be evacuated and four guards are taken to the hospital  for injuries related to the incident. Eight inmates are later charged with arson in connection with the event and one is charged with assaulting an officer.

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10

Apr

Hunger Strike at Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington

April 10, 2017: As many as 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center launch their first in a series of hunger strikes in protest of their conditions of confinement. The outside group NWDC Resistance does solidarity work for the strikers.

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