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2019

08

Mar

Uprising at Crawford County Detention Center, Arkansas

March 8, 2019: When a sergeant and a deputy attempted to remove a prisoner from a pod containing 40 prisoners, the other 39 prisoners interfered. When the prisoner was removed, the rest of the prisoners attacked prison infrastructure, destroying televisions, lights, ceiling tiles, phones and the sprinkler system, which caused significant flooding.

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2017

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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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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07

Aug

Uprising at Tucker Maximum Security Unit, Arkansas – Part 2

August 7, 2017: Just weeks after the July 22 attack on guards at the same facility, six prisoners attack and overcome three guards. They take keys and a Taser which they use to take over part of the facility for hours. The three guards were held by the prisoners in the parts of the facility under prisoner control. Four prisoners are injured, one seriously.

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22

Jul

Attack on Guards at Tucker Maximum Security Unit, Arkansas – Part 1

July 22, 2017: Three prisoners attack guards while they were attempting to handcuff another prisoner. Then “at least three prisoners” escaped from individual holding units in a recreation area. Corrections officers fire “warning shots” with live ammunition in order to regain control.

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2015

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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2011

26

Feb

Attack on Guards, Varner Unit, Arkansas

February 26, 2011: Following a 1 AM cell-phone sweep by 100 officers prisoners attacked a guard, who raised an alarm. Four officers who responded to the alarm were then attacked by a group of twenty prisoners, according to the officers. Three suffered minor injuries and one, whose face required surgery spent the night in a hospital.

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