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2020

19

Apr

Attack on Guard at Sumter Correctional Institution, Florida

April 19, 2020: Multiple prisoners confined at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell, Florida, attacked a guard. On the day of the attack, the cases of COVID-19 at Sumter Correctional had risen from seven to 24.

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07

Apr

Uprising at Krome Detention Center, Florida

April 7, 2020 – Detainees at Krome Detention Center came into conflict with guards in two different units on Tuesday, April 7th. Krome had been the site of a sizable hunger strike just 5 days prior, involving at least 62 detainees. The prisoners had been demanding immediate release or deportation in response to the pandemic. Tensions seemed to escalate as more new detainees were transferred into the facility and individuals began to exhibit COVID-like symptoms.

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22

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike in Glades County, Florida Protesting Inaction on COVID-19

March 22, 2020: Immigrant detainees at Glades County Detention Center in Florida began a hunger strike to protest the facilities negligence and refusal to take adequate measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Three days later, on March 25, the number of hunger strikers had risen to 100.

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2019

04

Sep

Uprising at Palmetto Youth Academy, Florida

September 4, 2019: Forty-three juveniles engaged in an uprising, throwing chairs and breaking windows.

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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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07

Sep

Hamilton Correctional Annex, Florida: 100 Prisoners “Become Noncompliant”

September 7, 2018: Staff mobilize security teams and law enforcement from the surrounding area to contain prisoners who “became noncompliant” on the recreation yard. News helicopters captured images of prisoners, dressed in white, in the yard confronted by a line of guards.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Florida

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): According to IWOC Gainesville, prisoners at five facilities in Florida engage in work strikes and commissary boycotts: Charlotte Correctional Institution, Dade Correctional Institution, Holmes Correctional Institution, Appalachee Correctional Institution, Franklin Correctional Institution. Outside supporters with Gainesville IWOC and other groups stage a series of solidarity actions, including an occupation outside the work release camp near Gainesville.

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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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15

Jul

Uprising at Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Florida

July 15, 2018: At least nine incarcerated teenagers participate in an uprising after taking keys to the common area from an officer. The prisoners fought guards with metal food trays and destroyed prison infrastructure. The prisoners held control of the prison for about a half an hour.

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19

Jun

Juneteenth Work Stoppage at Martin Correctional Institution, Florida

June 19th, 2018: In response to a call from the prisoner group SPARC for “community organizing and direct action” on Juneteenth, at least 50 prisoners at Martin Correctional Institution in Florida refused to go to work or to the dining hall and instead held prayer groups, according to the group Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP). FTP also commented that administrators at Martin confirmed that they placed the prison on lockdown for several days surrounding Juneteenth.

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