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2012

29

Oct

Mass Escape at Logan Hall, New Jersey

October 29, 2012: When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard, power failed at Logan Hall, a halfway house operated by the private corporation Community Education Centers, causing the locking mechanisms on the cells to fail. Dozens of male inmates left their cells and destroyed prison property. 15 prisoners escaped in one of the largest mass escapes in recent New Jersey history.

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24

Oct

Uprising at Whatcom County Jail, Washington

October 24, 2012: Six inmates at Whatcom County Jail tore metal pieces off the ventilation system and used them to cause $15,000 in damage to their cell block. After one hour, emergency response teams regained control. One of the rioters was treated for a leg injury in the hospital. According to sheriff deputies, the main complaint was a lack of time outside of cells.

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13

Sep

Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina

September 13, 2012: A correctional guard was overpowered during an uprising in the Sumter Unit, which houses 120 prisoners. During the disturbance, prisoners took the correctional guard’s keys, pepper spray, and vest before he was held in a closet for 5 hours.

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25

Jun

Attack on Guards at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts

June 25, 2018: A prisoner stabbed a prison guard, allegedly in retaliation for the guard confiscating his property the previous day. When other guards came to the aid of the stabbed guard, two other prisoners joined the fight.

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10

Jun

Hunger Strike at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison

June 10-July 18, 2012: Ten inmates initiated a hunger strike in response to a number of grievances. These included poor medical care, visitation issues, lack of phone calls and exercise, and access to commissary.

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05

Jun

Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina

June 5, 2012: Prisoners in a special management unit overpowered a guard while the guard and a nurse were handing out nighttime medication. The nurse escaped, and the guard sustained physical injuries. Prisoners dressed the guard in inmate clothing and made phone calls to Lee County dispatchers.

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22

May

Hunger Strike at Red Onion State Prison, Virginia

May 22 – 29, 2012: About four dozen prisoners initiated a hunger strike at Virginia’s only super-max prison in response to poor conditions, guard abuse, and the use of solitary confinement.

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21

May

Uprising at Adams County Correctional Facility, Mississippi

May 21, 2012: Hundreds of prisoners took control of a unit at a private prison owned by Corrections Corporation of America (now Core Civic) and attempted to negotiate a meeting with the warden to voice their concerns. After guards deploy tear gas canisters, prisoners threw the canisters back towards the firing line along with stones, soda cans, and kitchen trays. Some prisoners stacked food trays and reached the roof where the guards were stationed, assaulting prison staff and again demanding a meeting with the warden.

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30

Apr

Hunger Strike at Ohio State Penitentiary

April 30th, 2012: On the day before May Day, the international day of the worker, at least 25 to 48 prisoners went on a 10 day hunger strike at OSP, a super-max prison. On May 1st, another group of prisoners who weren’t on indefinite hunger strike, engaged in a one-day fast in solidarity. Prisoners stated an interest in “joining hands in struggle toward common goals” with protest and resistance movements like Occupy Wall Street. 

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10

Apr

Uprising at Merrimack County House of Corrections, New Hampshire

April 10, 2012: Approximately 15 prisoners in the Delta Unit refused to lock down and took control of their tier. They built a barricade, wore masks over their faces and destroyed televisions and sprinkler heads. They held control of the unit for almost 3 hours before locking down in their cells.

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