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2020

30

Mar

Prisoners Start a Fire at Unnamed Texas Prison in Response to COVID-19

March, 2020 (exact date unknown): Prisoners at an unknown facility in Texas started a fire in their unit sometime during the last week of March, 2020 to protest lack of access to electricity and showers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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27

Jan

Fire at Miami Correctional Facility, Indiana

January 27, 2020: Multiple prisoners started fires in their cells at Miami Correctional Facility on January 27, 2020, according to prison officials. The prisoners allegedly used paper and toilet paper with the electrical outlet to light the fires.

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2019

03

Apr

Fire and Attack on Guards at Marshall County Correctional Facility, Mississippi

April 3, 2019: Prisoners at a private facility in Mississippi attacked a guard and set fire to part of their unit. The guard was airlifted to a hospital as a result.

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11

Mar

Uprising at Maui Community Correctional Center, Hawaii

March 11, 2019: At least 42 prisoners refused to return to their cells at the end of recreation time and instead caused “significant damage” to prison infrastructure. The uprising occurred in two pods of the housing unit. Prisoners broke sprinklers, leading to flooding in the pod. The prisoners also started a fire which caused smoke damage in a neighboring pod.

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2018

11

Dec

Uprising at Webb County Detention Center, Texas

December 11, 2018: Two correctional officers were attacked by prisoners while reportedly conducting a “cell search” at approximately 3:00 am Tuesday morning at the private prison run by CoreCivic.

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05

Nov

Two Uprisings by Idaho Prisoners at Eagle Pass Correctional Facility, Texas

November 5-13, 2018: Prisoners from Idaho housed in a private prison in Texas participate in two disturbances in just over a week.

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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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09

Jul

Fire at Kershaw Correctional Institution, South Carolina

July 9, 2018: Prisoners at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina light a pile of garbage on fire in the center of their unit in protest of cold food, extended periods of lock-down, and having little to no access to showers. Prisoners start the fire from their cells by lighting pieces of paper on fire and dropping them onto a huge pile of garbage that had been piled in the center of their unit.

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01

Jul

Uprising at El Dorado Correctional Facility, Kansas

July 1, 2018: After an altercation in the prison yard between a prisoner and guards, 75-100 prisoners smash an estimated 40 windows, setting fires in multiple classrooms and taking over radio communication devices. The uprising lasts four and a half hours. One year prior, the same facility saw two consecutive uprisings.

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01

Mar

Uprising at Arizona State Prison Complex, Yuma

March 1-2, 2018: After guards beat an intoxicated prisoner, at least 600 prisoners participate in an uprising in which they attack guards, set fires, throw rocks, attack prison infrastructure and break into the healthcare unit. One prisoner, Adam Coppa, is shot and killed during the riot and 26 prisoners are injured.

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