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2019

30

Jun

Hunger Strike at Yuba County Jail, California

June 30-July 7, 2019: Thirty-six immigrant detainees at the Yuba County Jail launched a hunger strike in protest of various conditions at the facility including inadequate medical care, unhealthy food, a lack of access to showers, and cockroaches and rodents. By Wednesday, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officially recognized the strike, participation had dropped to 15.

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30

Jun

Hunger Strike at Robert Presley Detention Center, California

June 30-July 15, 2019: Four female prisoners housed at the Robert Presley Detention Center engaged in a 16-day hunger strike in protest of various conditions at the facility, including sexual harassment by guards, lack of mental health treatment and lack of adequate time out of their cells, according to The Press-Enterprise of Southern California.

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27

Jun

Food Strike at California State Prison, Corcoran

June 27, 2019-ongoing: At least half of the prisoners in the 3C unit of the California State Prison, Corcoran began a food strike on June 27 in protest of a change in prison policy that would take kitchen jobs away from general population and give them to prisoners in protective custody, according to multiple sources. Prisoners are refusing state-issued “trays” but are instead eating bag lunches provided by the prison.

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03

Jun

Disturbance at Alder Conservation Camp, California

June 3, 2019: Three prisoners and one staff member were injured after what the California Department of Corrections called a “riot” at Alder Conservation Camp. While details remain unclear, about 40 prisoners reportedly participated in the disturbance at the camp that houses about 100 minimum security prisoners.

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09

Feb

Hunger Strike at Yuba County Jail, California

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.

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14

Jan

Hunger Strike at Robert Presley Detention Center, California

January 14-18, 2019: Approximately 16 prisoners launched a hunger strike in protest of lack of medical care, lack of out-of-cell time allotted by prison policy and other policy violations.

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06

Jan

Attack on Guard at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran

January 6, 2019: A prisoner allegedly distracted staff while another prisoner retrieved a homemade weapon and stabbed an officer in the face several times.

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2018

20

Dec

Attack on Guards at Central Men’s Jail, California

December 20, 2018: An unknown number of jail inmates attacked guards, leading to five guards and one inmate being transported to the hospital for treatment. The motivation for the attack is unknown.

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02

Oct

Uprising at California Rehabilitation Center

October 2, 2018: Prisoners led a brief uprising in protest of a new policy that integrated yard time for prisoners in segregation and those in general population. Prisoners set fire to a mattress and started another fire in a bathroom. The uprising was quickly subdued by prison staff.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike

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.

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