Archive for August 2018

2018

31

Aug

Two Escape from Gallia County Jail, Ohio

August 31, 2018: Two women escaped from Gallia County Jail after breaching the security system.

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29

Aug

Hunger Strike at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Delaware

August 29-September 5, 2018: At least 12 prisoners begin refusing meals in protest of conditions. One prisoner, A’Keem Cropper, speaks with local media and explains the motivation for the hunger strike. According to prison authorities, one week later the last of the hunger strikers begins to eat.

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28

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Hunger Strike at Sussex II State Prison, Virginia

August 28-29, 2018 and September 8-9, 2018: Prisoner Uhuru B. Rowe and “a few other prisoners” engaged in two “24 hour fast[s]” in solidarity with the national prison strike.

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27

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Indiana

August 27, 2018: According to the group IDOC Watch, “Several inmates in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility are initiating a hunger strike in protest of their already starvation-level meal portions, their lack of access to basic necessities like adequate clothing, and access to commissary items.”

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24

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Northwest Detention Center, Washington

August 24-27, 2018: According to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance, approximately 200 detainees participate in a hunger strike “in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S.”

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22

Aug

Protest at Northeast Correctional Center, Missouri

August 22, 2018: Prisoners refused orders to return to their cells and engaged in a non-violent sit-down protest in order to raise grievances regarding lack of recreation time.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: North Carolina

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): North Carolina prisoners issued a set of 8 additional demands focusing on mental health treatment and solitary confinement as well as a call for truce between various groups of prisoners. On August 20, supporters gathered for a noise demo outside Hyde Correctional Institution during the prisoners’ yard time. Prisoners responded to the demo by holding up their own banners saying “parole” “better food” and “solidarity”. Unconfirmed strike activity was reported at 11 prisons in the state.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Georgia

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): Jailhouse Lawyers Speak declare active boycotts and work stoppages at multiple facilities in Georgia, but state that “strike numbers are not yet strong enough to shut down a prison”. A spokesperson for JLS reminds reporters of the brutal retaliation during Georgia’s 2010 work stoppage. Staff at facilities deny that any prisoners are demonstrating.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Florida

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): According to IWOC Gainesville, prisoners at five facilities in Florida engage in work strikes and commissary boycotts: Charlotte Correctional Institution, Dade Correctional Institution, Holmes Correctional Institution, Appalachee Correctional Institution, Franklin Correctional Institution. Outside supporters with Gainesville IWOC and other groups stage a series of solidarity actions, including an occupation outside the work release camp near Gainesville.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Ohio

August 21-September 17, 2018 (exact end date uncertain): According to Central Ohio IWOC, at least two prisoners, David Easley and James Ward, go on hunger strike on August 21 in response to a call for a national prison strike and in protest of violence by correctional officers at their institution and lack of healthcare for prisoners. According to IWOC, Toledo Correctional confirms that some prisoners are refusing meals but does not confirm how many. Although it is uncertain how long the initial hunger strike lasts, IWOC announces that the strike begins again on September 14, this time joined by a third prisoner, Matt Hinkston.

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