November 8, 2014: Approximately 40 prisoners refused to leave the prison yard and demanded to speak with the warden about issues related to the quality of food served by the prison’s privatized food service, Aramark.
August 22, 2014: A group of prisoners from Vermont and housed at the private, CCA-run facility, staged a coordinated protest, refusing to return to their cells. Prison guards responded to the protest by deploying a “chemical agent.”
August 20, 2014: After a pattern of reported medical neglect and not providing an on-staff medical doctor, a disturbance occurred in a housing unit which then led to assaults on two correctional officers – a lieutenant and a sergeant. For approximately 45 minutes, prisoners attempted to destroy everything in the housing unit, causing $75,000 worth of damage.
August 12, 2014: Approximately 393 immigrant detainees refused to leave the recreation yard until the warden heard their demands. According to an incident report released by the prison, “The list of concerns were related to food, commissary prices, laundry/frequency of clothing exchange, recreation hours/equipment, library schedule, medical care and respect from staff (a specific correctional supervisor was named).”
July 8 – 9, 2014: Prisoners in the Ashley Unit assaulted an officer, took his keys and started unlocking cells. One prisoner, Ryan Wright, was beaten and stabbed by other prisoners during the incident. It is unclear whether there was any damage to prison infrastructure. Five prisoners and 3 guards were sent to the hospital for treatment following the disturbance.
June 9 – 12, 2014 (exact dates of hunger strike uncertain): At least 27 detainees “incite a disturbance” in one of the pods, protesting food quality issues. Days later, hundreds of detainees throw away their dinner, launching a hunger strike.
April 22, 2014: Approximately five prisoners attacked two prison guards at around 8 in the evening, which ended with both guards and one of the prisoners requiring medical treatment.
April 2, 2014: One Correctional Officer was standing near a doorway when he was attacked by multiple inmates. The inmates reportedly had two homemade weapons which were used to stab the officer multiple times. Another officer was stabbed while trying to respond to the incident.
March 19, 2014: Following a disturbance earlier in the day, youths took control of Bravo 2 module and caused significant damage to prison infrastructure. The youths “displayed defiant and unruly behavior” toward detention officers, refusing to comply with orders. Photos of the damage, obtained by the Miami Herald as part of their investigation into the Florida Juvenile Justice system, show “an overturned couch, toppled file cabinet, dangling light fixtures, missing ceiling tiles, debris everywhere and a bookshelf that appears to have been tossed.”