Archive for March 2019

2019

26

Mar

Coordinated Hunger Strike at Two Wisconsin Prisons

March 26 – April 22, 2019: Nine prisoners at two Wisconsin prisons began a hunger strike demanding an end to indefinite solitary confinement. Their demands cited the recently elected governor’s campaign promises to reform solitary confinement practices. The hunger strike was timed to start on Madison Action Day, an annual prison reform lobby day. Outside supporters also organized a call-in campaign.

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25

Mar

Mass Escape at Nash County Detention Center, North Carolina

March 25, 2019: Five inmates identified a camera blind spot and escaped through a hole in the fence on Monday night.

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22

Mar

Hunger Strike at River Correctional Facility, Louisiana

March 22-30, 2019: Approximately 150 immigrant detainees at the private prison owned by the LaSalle Management Corporations launched a hunger strike to protest treatment. Their complaints included being denied bond and unfairness at immigration and asylum hearings. In the first days of the strike, participation fell to 24 people who were officially confirmed by ICE, who also announced that the strike was over on March 30.

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22

Mar

Attack on Guards at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, Nebraska

March 22, 2019: One staff member was stabbed and kicked by two inmates after a door was mistakenly opened.

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18

Mar

Hunger Strike at Holman Correctional Facility, Alabama

March 18, 2019: Eight prisoners began a hunger strike in response to being placed in solitary confinement without due cause.

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15

Mar

Disturbance at Covington County Jail, Alabama

March 15, 2019: During a transfer of three prisoners, a group of “unruly” prisoners engaged in what the sheriff’s department called a “riot”—although they did not specify what that entailed. According to the sheriff’s department, the prisoners were upset because they believed that one of the prisoners being transferred had been pushed to the floor, although the sheriff claims the prisoner actually jumped.

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14

Mar

Hunger Strike at Adelanto Detention Facility, California

March 14, 2019: Approximately 150 immigrant detainees participated in a coordinated food strike at one of the largest privately run immigrant detention facilities in the county, owned and operated by Geo Group. The detainees refused to go to the cafeteria for a regularly-scheduled meal and then a smaller number began a hunger strike.

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11

Mar

Uprising at Maui Community Correctional Center, Hawaii

March 11, 2019: At least 42 prisoners refused to return to their cells at the end of recreation time and instead caused “significant damage” to prison infrastructure. The uprising occurred in two pods of the housing unit. Prisoners broke sprinklers, leading to flooding in the pod. The prisoners also started a fire which caused smoke damage in a neighboring pod.

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08

Mar

Uprising at Crawford County Detention Center, Arkansas

March 8, 2019: When a sergeant and a deputy attempted to remove a prisoner from a pod containing 40 prisoners, the other 39 prisoners interfered. When the prisoner was removed, the rest of the prisoners attacked prison infrastructure, destroying televisions, lights, ceiling tiles, phones and the sprinkler system, which caused significant flooding.

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04

Mar

Uprising at The Hills Youth and Family Services, Minnesota

March 4, 2019: A disturbance began when a detainee at the privately-owned and operated residential youth treatment center hit a staff member in the face. The event escalated until a large group of detainees had barricaded themselves in a room while other small groups were roaming the building.

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