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,
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.
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
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,
April 13, 2016: At least half of the 79 prisoners in general population refuse to go to their cells in a "non-violent protest" of recent policy changes at the jail. Initially "mischaracterized as a riot" according to Sheriff William King, the protest brings emergency
October 29, 2015: 240 prisoners are transferred after it comes to light that prisoners had been "basically running" the jail. Prisoners had been leaving the facility to work on private property and even crossing state lines. Authorities seize weapons, drugs, cell phones and
September 9, 2015: After days of lockdown and other unusual restrictions on their movement, inmates rush an unlocked door of the dining hall en-masse and occupy it before also taking over the common area and refusing to lock down. They fight guards who attempt to subdue
July 30, 2015: Sixteen inmates barricaded their dorm on Thursday, blocking officers from entering. After taking control of the dorm the inmates disconnected the electricity causing a minor fire and caused a significant amount of property damage. No one was injured in the
April 28, 2015: According to charges filed by a Pennsylvania State Trooper, a group of prisoners at SCI Houtzdale attacked guards after one guard tried to break up a fight between prisoners in the prison yard.
March 24, 2015: According to the correctional officers union, seventeen inmates at the juvenile detention center smashed out windows at the facility and threatened one correctional officer with shards of glass.