September 19, 2014: Five prisoners escaped from the Madera County Jail after one prisoner tunneled out of his cell and into a common area, broke out a window and escaped. It is uncertain whether the other four prisoners coordinated the escape with the tunneling prisoner, or
May 24, 2014: A group of prisoners attacked multiple guards as they were being transferred between pods. Three guards were hospitalized as a result of the attack. Prison authorities believe the attack was pre-planned.
December 19, 2013: Two deputies performing security checks were attacked by prisoners. When two additional deputies came to their aid, they were also attacked. According to the sheriff's department, the prisoners were attempting to escape.
July 8 - September 5, 2013: Following more delays and slow response to 2011 hunger strikes, Pelican Bay prisoners start another hunger strike in California. Over 30,000 prisoners join in, including hundreds throughout the United States. This is the largest hunger strike in
September 26-October 15, 2011: After months of meetings and frustration with California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) delays, prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) resume the hunger strike they'd suspended on July 20th. The call to action spreads
July 1, 2011: Pelican Bay SHU prisoners issue five demands and begin a hunger strike. At least 6,600 prisoners across the state of California join in solidarity. After nearly four weeks without food, prisoners enter negotiations with the California Department of Corrections
February 8, 2011: Shortly after noon, an unknown number of prisoners attacked four guards who were checking prisoners for weapons. The guards were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.
January 24 - 26, 2011: One thousand prisoners refuse meals in a hunger strike in protest of austerity measures at the prison, including cuts to programming and routine lockdowns associated with under-staffing.