Archive for April 2020

2020

22

Apr

Protest at D.C. Central Detention Facility, Washington, D.C.

April 22, 2020: Prisoners at the Central Detention Facility in Washington, D.C. engaged in shouting and refusing to remove their hands from their cells food slots in protest of conditions imposed due to COVID19 lockdown. Pepper spray was deployed by guards on two prisoners.

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20

Apr

Disturbance at Bridge City Center for Youth, Louisiana

April 20, 2020: Juveniles held at the Bridge City Center for Youth engaged in a disturbance that included 4 dormitory units. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded with a SWAT team to a call at approximately 8:30 p.m. to reports of prisoners fighting with each other and destroying property. An unidentified source told Fox 8 that the incident lasted for hours.

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19

Apr

Attack on Guard at Sumter Correctional Institution, Florida

April 19, 2020: Multiple prisoners confined at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell, Florida, attacked a guard. On the day of the attack, the cases of COVID-19 at Sumter Correctional had risen from seven to 24.

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17

Apr

Disturbance at Pendleton Correctional Facility, Indiana

April 17, 2020: According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, a “disturbance” took place at 10:40 a.m. on April 17 at the Pendleton Correctional Facility involving four prisoners.

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16

Apr

Food Strike at Ontario Correctional Institute in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

April 16, 2020: Prisoners refuse to eat meals in cafeteria following a COVID-19 outbreak.

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12

Apr

Uprising at Bordeaux Prison, Canada in Response to COVID-19 Measures

April 12, 2020: Prisoners at the Montreal Detention Centre participated in a small uprising on Easter Sunday in response to measures put in place in response to the pandemic. According to an article from La Presse, prisoners have been allowed to only leave their cells in small groups. When the guards released the wrong set of prisoners, some became “reluctant and came to blows with the guards”.

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12

Apr

Uprising at Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, New York

April 12, 2020: An uprising involving at least eight detainees occurred on the evening of Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, New York. The incident was in response to a recent policy to transfer youth detainees due to COVID-19. According to one source, youth detained at the Center “managed to break out of their cells, access a supply room, turn mops into weapons, and beat several guards, one so badly they needed stitches.”

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10

Apr

Uprising at Stewart Detention Center, Georgia

April 9, 2020: Detainees at Stewart Detention Center participated in an uprising on the yard and guards responded with chemical weapons.

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09

Apr

Over 100 Detainees at Mesa Verde ICE Facility Stage Hunger Strike Over COVID-19

April 9, 2020: More than 100 detainees engaged in a hunger strike, demanding ICE officials do more to protect them from the spread of COVID-19. The strike was initiated by the women detainees and it eventually spread to one of the male wings of the facility.

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09

Apr

Protest at Cedar Creek Correctional, Washington in Response to COVID-19

April 9, 2020: Responding to the spread of COVID-19 in the facility, approximately 30 prisoners staged an evening protest demanding better protections against the virus. Family members and journalists were called and prison officials allowed them to speak with the prisoners in the midst of the protest.

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