Category: Timeline

2020

03

Apr

Disturbance at Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center During COVID-19 Quarantine

April 3, 2020: Nine prisoners under quarantine at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center threw commissary containers at the windows of their cells in an apparent effort to break the glass. Guards responded in riot gear and used pepper spray on the prisoners.

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02

Apr

Protest at Neuse Correctional, North Carolina in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

April 2, 2020: A group of prisoners at the Neuse Correctional Institution staged a protest Thursday afternoon after receiving news that two prisoners at the facility had tested positive for COVID-19.

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01

Apr

Disturbance at Portland, Oregon Juvenile Detention Facility

April 1, 2020: An unspecified “disturbance” occurred on the evening of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH) in Portland.

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30

Mar

Prisoners Start a Fire at Unnamed Texas Prison in Response to COVID-19

March, 2020 (exact date unknown): Prisoners at an unknown facility in Texas started a fire in their unit sometime during the last week of March, 2020 to protest lack of access to electricity and showers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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30

Mar

Work Stoppage in Bristol ICE Detention in Response to COVID-19

March 30, 2020 – ongoing: Immigrant detainees at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) organized a work stoppage to protest the lack of action on the part of the prison to protect them from the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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27

Mar

“Breaking Down Borders” Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center in Response to COVID-19

March 27, 2020: Immigrant detainees started a hunger strike to protest the lack of adequate response to the outbreak of COVID-19. By the following day, the number had reached at least 80. As of Sunday, March 29, between 300 and 500 detainees were on strike.

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26

Mar

Hunger Strike at Stewart Detention Center, Georgia in Response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020: At least 350 immigrants detained at the for-profit Stewart Detention Center held a hunger strike demanding their immediate release.

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25

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike in Richwood, Louisiana in Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020: A group of detainees held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Richwood Detention Center in Louisiana organized a hunger strike demanding their freedom in the midst of a growing outbreak of COVID-19 in jails, prison and detention centers in the US. According to a statement recorded by the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network and published by Latino Rebels, 60 of the 64 detainees in one housing unit are participating in the strike.

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24

Mar

9 Women Escape from Work Release Facility in South Dakota to Avoid COVID-19 Exposure

March 24, 2020: Nine prisoners housed at the Pierre Community Work Center in South Dakota walked out of the facility without permission after another prisoner there tested positive for COVID-19.

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24

Mar

Hunger Strike at Laval Immigration Holding Centre, Quebec Against COVID-19 Conditions

March 24, 2020: Between ten and thirty people at an immigration detention centre near Montreal began a hunger strike on March 24 to protest the inadequate measures to prevent their exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Their demands include their immediate release as well medical attention to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contamination.

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