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2019

01

May

Uprising at Bell County Detention Center, Kentucky

May 1, 2019: At least five inmates flooded cells by clogging toilets and shower drains, set off fire alarms, and ripped a TV off the wall. The inmates then allegedly used pieces of the broken television as weapons to threaten officers that came into the cell.

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May

Disturbance at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, Colorado

May 1, 2019: At least 8 detainees in the Cedar Lodge housing unit of the state-run treatment facility for juvenile offenders fought guards during a disturbance. The causes and details of the disturbance remain unclear, but 4 juveniles and 10 staff members were injured with 4 staff members being transported to the hospital for treatment.

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15

Mar

Disturbance at Covington County Jail, Alabama

March 15, 2019: During a transfer of three prisoners, a group of “unruly” prisoners engaged in what the sheriff’s department called a “riot”—although they did not specify what that entailed. According to the sheriff’s department, the prisoners were upset because they believed that one of the prisoners being transferred had been pushed to the floor, although the sheriff claims the prisoner actually jumped.

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2018

21

Sep

Disturbance at Palm Beach Youth Academy, Florida

September 21, 2018: At least six juvenile detainees reportedly grabbed staff who were trying to take another boy back to his cell. During the melee, the boys flipped tables and threw chairs, threatened staff and destroyed property. Specific details remain unclear. Following the event, at least six detainees are charged with battery.

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27

Jul

Prisoners Hack JPay Tablets, Idaho

July 27, 2018: Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates exploit a software vulnerability in the JPay tablets they use for email, music, and games to collectively transfer nearly a quarter million dollars into their accounts.

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14

Apr

Violence at Lee Correctional Leaves 7 Prisoners Dead

April 14- April 15, 2018: Guards refuse to intervene for hours while fights spread to multiple units of the facility. Due to broken locks on cell doors, prisoners are unable to lock themselves in cells for protection. In the end, seven prisoners are dead, some as a result of prolonged lack of medical attention. The event is the deadliest prison disruption since the Lucasville Uprising in 1993. It captures national media attention and leads prisoner organizers to accelerate calls for a national prison strike on August 21- September 9, 2018.

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2016

26

Jul

Uprising at Vanderburgh County Jail, Indiana

July 26, 2016: Prisoners at the Vanderburgh County Jail refused to be handcuffed, flooded their cell, put soap on the floor to trip the guards when they entered and used bed bunks and mattresses as barricades and shields. Sheriff Dave Wedding stated: “They were yelling, screaming, and they start violently kicking on our doors and pounding on the windows and these were nine people in a housing unit of about 70 people or so. Sometimes that can incite other people to follow their lead so we could’ve had bigger problems.”

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19

Jun

Cavs Fan Rebellion at Rikers Island

June 19, 2016: After the COs broke a promise to allow the inmates to watch the Cavs game 7 of the NBA finals, inmates built barricades and held the rec room for two hours.

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21

May

Disturbance During Power Outage and Forced Evacuation at Luther Unit in Texas

May 21, 2016: At least 50 prisoners refused to comply with orders to return to their cells during a power outage caused by flooding. After prisoners protested for an hour, guards used chemical agents to subdue the protest and send three prisoners to the hospital for unknown injuries.

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29

Apr

Uprising at Sarpy County Jail, Nebraska

April 29, 2016: Four prisoners “become unruly” damaging about 11 sprinklers in the holding cell, flooding it and the public defenders’ office below. The water causes approximately $100,000 in damage. The prisoners are charged with criminal mischief and terroristic threats, with bond set at $1 million.

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