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2015

07

Dec

Uprising at Thunder Bay Jail District, Ontario

December 7, 2015: At least 70 prisoners take control of the top floor of the jail and leave it “destroyed.” They take a guard hostage and make demands in a riot that lasts over 12 hours. Eventually, tactical units from several cities respond to the riot and regain control of the prison.

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29

Oct

Prisoners “Take Over” Alcorn County Correctional Facility, Mississippi

October 29, 2015: 240 prisoners are transferred after it comes to light that prisoners had been “basically running” the jail. Prisoners had been leaving the facility to work on private property and even crossing state lines. Authorities seize weapons, drugs, cell phones and jail keys from prisoners. “It appears to simply just be a ‘free for all’ that was going on at the Correctional Facility.”

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23

Sep

Hunger Strike at Menard Correctional Center, Illinois

Menard Correctional Center, Chester, Illinois September 23, 2015 A group of prisoners relaunched their initial hunger strike of January, 2014, claiming that the administration had not done anything to address their grievances. On the first day of the strike, about 25 people gathered outside of the prison and held a noise demonstration. The hunger strike […]

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09

Sep

Uprising at Donaldson Correctional Facility, Alabama

September 9, 2015: After days of lockdown and other unusual restrictions on their movement, inmates rush an unlocked door of the dining hall en-masse and occupy it before also taking over the common area and refusing to lock down. They fight guards who attempt to subdue them. A prisoner’s report of the incident highlights its multiracial nature.

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30

Aug

Uprising at Baltimore Pre-Trial Complex, Maryland

August 30, 2015: Detainees refused to “lock in” and took control of their unit, building barricades and attacking guards. Eight correctional officers and six detainees were injured during the uprising.

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18

Aug

Hunger Strikes at Toronto South Detention Centre

August 18 – August 21, 2015 & November 18 – November 20, 2015: Prisoners at the Toronto South Detention Centre stage a series of hunger strikes to protest inhuman conditions at the new superjail that has been deemed a “$1-billion hellhole” by the media. Prisoners complain that due to under-staffing, they have been on lock down more than 100 days so far that year without access to phones, showers, recreation, visitation or meetings with their lawyers.

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30

Jul

Uprising at Jefferson County Jail, Arkansas

July 30, 2015: Approximately 80 prisoners wore masks over their faces and covered surveillance cameras while they destroyed their housing unit, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The uprising occurred in response to the jail tightening security and taking away some privileges.

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30

Jul

Uprising at Bibb Correctional Facility, Alabama

July 30, 2015: Sixteen inmates barricaded their dorm on Thursday, blocking officers from entering. After taking control of the dorm the inmates disconnected the electricity causing a minor fire and caused a significant amount of property damage. No one was injured in the uprising and the prison resumed normal function on Friday.

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01

Jul

Uprising at Arizona State Prison at Kingman, Arizona

July 1 – July 4, 2015: Prisoners at the Arizona State Prison in Kingman, a private prison run by the Management & Training Corporation (MTC), riot for three days following an attack on guards. Following the riots, the governor of Arizona announces that the state would be ending its contract with the Management and Training Corporation.

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10

May

Mother’s Day Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional, Nebraska

May 10, 2015: Prisoners of all races take control of multiple housing units in the prison (including staff­ offices), fight off­ guards together, set fires, destroy walls and other infrastructure. They use office phones to call their mothers and the media and chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”—echoing the anti-police protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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