Stewart Detention Center, Lumpkin, Georgia
April 9, 2020

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Detainees at Stewart Detention Center participated in an uprising on the yard.

According to Marty Rosenbluth, an attorney who represents multiple people at Stewart, claims that the guards used “pepper spray or tear gas” and threatened the use of bean bag guns. In a Facebook post the day of the riot he shared that the disturbance was related to detainees’ frustrations with being passed over for release.

A few weeks earlier, on March 26, detainees at Stewart organized a hunger strike to protest the lack of action taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Facebook post describing Stewart disturbance

Facebook post describing Stewart disturbance

Citations:

Marty Rosenbluth Facebook post, April 9, 2020.

Perilous interview with Marty Rosenbluth, April 9, 2020.

Background:

Hunger Strike at Stewart Detention Center, Georgia in Response to COVID-19“, Perilous Chronicle.

Article published: 4/9/2020
Header photo source: Democracy Now!