February 9 – 16, 2019: Approximately 50 immigrant detainees in the ICE-operated detention facility launched a hunger strike in response to a variety of demands, including lack of medical care, adequate exercise time and educational programs.
January 6, 2019: A prisoner allegedly distracted staff while another prisoner retrieved a homemade weapon and stabbed an officer in the face several times.
October 2, 2018: Prisoners lead a brief uprising in protest of a new policy that integrates yard time for prisoners in segregation and those in general population. Prisoners set fire to a mattress as well as start a fire in a bathroom during the riot. The riot is quickly subdued by prison staff. Two days after the riot, family members of prisoners at Norco hold a rally outside the prison protesting the new policy.
August 21 – September 9, 2018 (exact dates vary based on location): Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other organizations issued 10 national demands with a call to action for work stoppages, sit-down strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary. Organizers stated that the strike was organized in response to the riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina that resulted in the violent deaths of seven prisoners.
August 9 – September 23, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): Prisoner members of the group United Kings Against Genocidal Environments (KAGE) engaged in a hunger strike at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in response to the call for a National Prison Strike. One source reports that the strike lasted four weeks.
One prisoner, Heriberto “Sharky” Garcia, engaged in a hunger strike at California State Prison, Sacramento also in response to the national call. Sharky shot a video of himself refusing a burrito, which supporters shared on social media. Garcia can be heard saying, “Burritos or not, not eating today. Protest. I’m hunger striking right now.”
January 16, 2018: Prisoners tie trip lines from ripped jail-cell sheets, cover their arms with socks, hide their faces with makeshift masks and arm themselves with soap, a radio, mop, books and bottles of liquid. The 26 men housed in the west-wing L Unit complained it was too cold in their cells and drove an offensive against Santa Cruz County Jail officers entering the two-story, booby-trapped cell block. The men covered the unit floor with soap and water and blocked stairwells and walkways with mattresses as they tried to pelt the guards with books and soap.
May 24, 2017: After guards attempt to break up a fight between two prisoners on the prison yard, large groups of prisoners attack guards and fight them off. Guards respond, firing live ammunition into the crowd. Five prisoners suffer gunshot wounds and are hospitalized.
March 24, 2017: After guards use chemical agents and batons to intervene in a fight between two prisoners, the guards are attacked by a large group of prisoners. Guards fire live ammunition at the prisoners. According to the department of corrections’ press release, “Officers from three armed posts used lethal force to stop the attacks firing a total of 19 .223 rounds from the mini-14 rifle and three 40-millimeter direct impact rounds.”
February 7, 2017: A small fight leads to a riot involving approximately 125 prisoners. The incident spreads to a second cell block where 6 prisoners are attacked by guards using pepper spray and “less than lethal” direct impact rounds. Five prisoners are transported to a local hospital for injuries.