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2017

28

Dec

Mass Escape from Boyd County Detention Center, Kentucky

December 28, 2017: Four prisoners escaped the detention center in the 10th escape from the facility since July, 2017 . Catlettsburg Police Chief Cameron Logan told WSAZ the prisoners changed their clothes before escaping and “followed the air conditioning duct to the roof and then jumped off.” He also stated that there are no cameras outside of the jail and some of cameras inside the jail were not working properly. The prisoners stole a truck parked a quarter mile from the facility.

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25

Dec

Hunger Strike at Allred Unit, Texas

Dec 25, 2017 – Jan 3, 2018: At least 48 prisoners in the administrative segregation unit stage a hunger strike which, according to prison officials, relates to demands regarding recreation time, food portions and the temperature of the prison. Also according to prison officials, the strike lasts 10 days.

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23

Nov

Thanksgiving Attack on Correctional Captain, Rikers Island, New York

November 23, 2017: Prisoners carry out a premeditated, retaliatory attack on a corrections captain following the captain’s alleged use of excessive force.

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12

Oct

Uprising at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, North Carolina

October 12, 2017: Prisoners set fire to the “specialty sewing plant” of the prison and attempt to escape. Four prison employees are killed and several others injured.

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04

Oct

Uprising at McCormick Correctional Institution, South Carolina

October 4, 2017: Prisoners take control of a unit of the prison and set fires, chase officers with knives, and climb on the roof. They are able to hold their unit for three hours until their captors regain control.

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30

Sep

Attack on Guards at Oahu Correctional Center, Hawaii

September 30, 2017: A group of approximately 18 prisoners attacked three guards as they were being moved from their housing unit to the medical unit. The attack may have occurred in retaliation for a lockdown of the prison.

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26

Sep

Attack on Guards at Varner Unit, Arkansas

September 26, 2017: A group of prisoners attack guards and stab a lieutenant and beat a major. Prison guards react violently with abuses documented by contraband prisoner cell phones.

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25

Sep

Uprising at Baffin Correctional Centre, Nunavut, Canada

September 25, 2017: At least four prisoners participated in a two hour uprising that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the facility. According to the Department of Justice, prisoners destroyed “85 per cent of the building’s medium security bed space and 33 per cent of the maximum security bed space.” A prisoner who participated in the uprising later told media that he did so in order to draw attention to the deplorable conditions of the facility.

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25

Sep

Plot to Electrocute Guard at Lincoln Hills School, Wisconsin

September 25, 2017: A group of male juvenile detainees poured water on the floor and into a wall outlet and dipped the end of the chord from a fan into water before requesting that a guard plug the fan in. The attempted attack was allegedly in retaliation for the guard punishing the juveniles by making them stay in their cells for an hour. The guard was deterred from plugging in the fan by another juvenile who warned him of the plot.

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14

Sep

Uprising at Cummins Unit, Arkansas

September 14, 2017: Arkansas prisoners stage another short uprising, after incidents in July and August at Tucker Unit. The rebels refuse orders and destroy property. Three prisoners are injured, and one calls out to local media to report that conditions are “like a concentration camp” and that “you are going to continue to have riots… all units across the penitentiary because [conditions] are wrong.”

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