Archive for April 2018

2018

30

Apr

Hunger Strike at Leavenworth Detention Center, Kansas

April 30, 2018 – (end date unknown): According to the media outlet Liberation, “approximately two-thirds of the prisoners in the pre-trial detention facility participated in the first day of the hunger strike, leading the administration to extend a break time that day and to promise improvements to the food in the days to come.”

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14

Apr

Protest at Tecumseh Correctional Institution, Nebraska

April 14, 2018: At least 36 prisoners refused to return to their cells, prompting guards to call in the prison riot response team. Prisoners returned to their cells before the response teams arrived. At this point, the reason for the protest is unknown.

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14

Apr

Violence at Lee Correctional Leaves 7 Prisoners Dead

April 14- April 15, 2018: Guards refuse to intervene for hours while fights spread to multiple units of the facility. Due to broken locks on cell doors, prisoners are unable to lock themselves in cells for protection. In the end, seven prisoners are dead, some as a result of prolonged lack of medical attention. The event is the deadliest prison disruption since the Lucasville Uprising in 1993. It captures national media attention and leads prisoner organizers to accelerate calls for a national prison strike on August 21- September 9, 2018.

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11

Apr

Hunger Strike at Wynne Unit, Huntsville, TX

April 11- April 20, 2018: Prisoners launch a hunger strike in protest of a lockdown at the prison. According to prison officials, 50 prisoners refuse meals at the height of the 10 day hunger strike.

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09

Apr

Escape at Gateway to Independence Juvenile Center, Tennessee

April 9, 2018: Two teachers were injured after an altercation at Gateway to Independence, formerly known as Woodland Hills Youth Detention Center. The altercation led to one juvenile escaping the facility.

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09

Apr

Protest at Maui Community Correctional Center, Hawaii

April 9, 2018: Prisoners refuse orders to return to their cells. According to reports, they “wanted to express their frustration with the phone system, a damaged television in the common area of their module, and the absence of rice with some of their meals over the past few days.” The stand-off and negotiations last about 45 minutes. Seven prisoners potentially face charges following the protest.

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01

Apr

Hunger Strike at Polk Correctional Institution, North Carolina

April, 2018 (exact dates unknown): According to a letter from prisoner Willie James Dean-Bey to the San Francisco Bay View, prisoners in the H-Con housing unit went on hunger strike and released a list of demands, including access to food and hygiene items, newspapers, consistent showers and standards for eventual release from solitary confinement, among others.

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01

Apr

Hunger Strike at Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla

April 1-12, 2018: Prisoners begin a hunger strike on Easter Sunday that lasts at least 11 days and involves at least 1,315 prisoners–including prisoners in all six units of the prison’s West Complex. All prisoners in the West Complex who are not “elderly or infirm” participate. Prison officials state that strike is related to food quality.

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