Archive for July 2018

2018

29

Jul

Vaughn 17 Hunger Strike at Sussex Correctional, Delaware

July 29-31, 2018: Fourteen of the eighteen prisoners charged in association with the February 2017 riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center stage a hunger strike in protest of their recreation time being cut. The prisoners, who had been transferred out of Vaughn Correctional following the uprising to the Howard R. Young Correctional Center and the Sussex Correctional center, were all united at the Sussex Correctional Center shortly before the hunger strike.

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28

Jul

Uprising at Cascade County Detention Center, Montana

July 28, 2018: Five days after the Sheriff of Great Falls issued a memo warning of rising tensions and refusing to accept new inmates held on nonviolent crimes due to conditions of overcrowding, an uprising broke out in one of the jails housing pods. On Saturday morning, as many as 36 prisoners housed in Pod N took control of the unit and started destroying prison infrastructure. The prisoners held control of the unit for four hours, destroying as much prison property as possible.

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27

Jul

Prisoners Hack JPay Tablets, Idaho

July 27, 2018: Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates exploit a software vulnerability in the JPay tablets they use for email, music, and games to collectively transfer nearly a quarter million dollars into their accounts.

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23

Jul

Hunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta

July 23-30, 2018: More than 200 prisoners went on hunger strike in protest of a new policy restricting time outside of their cells. One week later, 14 prisoners continued refusing meals. The prisoners were protesting a new program called “tiered rotation” in which prisoners are let out of their cells according to specific schedule, staggered throughout the day. The new program didn’t allow prisoners out of their cells for enough hours a day, according to prisoners.

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17

Jul

Hunger Strike at Bristol County House of Corrections, Massachusetts

July 17-26, 2018: Approximately 60 immigrant detainees went on hunger strike on July 17 in protest of conditions in the part of the jail operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). When prisoners in the general population unit of the same jail heard of the hunger strike on the news, 250 joined the protest in solidarity. Reports of exact dates and numbers of strikers vary between sources.

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15

Jul

Uprising at Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Florida

July 15, 2018: At least nine incarcerated teenagers participate in an uprising after taking keys to the common area from an officer. The prisoners fought guards with metal food trays and destroyed prison infrastructure. The prisoners held control of the prison for about a half an hour.

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14

Jul

Hunger Strike and Encampment at Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma

July 14-17, 2018: More than 40 detainees in pod A2 begin a hunger strike “to share the opinions of mistreatment that occur inside, and to ask for changes in ICE and GEO’s policies” the detainees say in a public statement. The hunger strike lasts four days. In early July, supporters begin an encampment outside the detention center that lasts more than a month.

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11

Jul

Uprising at Bannock County Jail, Idaho

July 11, 2018: Twenty-seven prisoners at the Bannock County Jail participate in an uprising in which they destroy sprinkler systems and stop up their sinks and toilets to flood their cells. According to the Sheriff the riot was caused by conditions of severe overcrowding. After about two and a half hours, the uprising ended when a group of armed deputies entered the cells.

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11

Jul

Uprising at Marshall County Jail, Alabama

July 11, 2018: Approximately 60 prisoners “physically engaged deputies and jail staff during a shakedown.” The riot occurrs two days after a guard was arrested on charges of selling a contraband cell phone to a prisoner. Deputies call in for back up from neighboring counties and the situation is resolved without harm to guards or prisoners.

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09

Jul

Fire at Kershaw Correctional Institution, South Carolina

July 9, 2018: Prisoners at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina light a pile of garbage on fire in the center of their unit in protest of cold food, extended periods of lock-down, and having little to no access to showers. Prisoners start the fire from their cells by lighting pieces of paper on fire and dropping them onto a huge pile of garbage that had been piled in the center of their unit.

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