April 9, 2020: Detainees at Stewart Detention Center participated in an uprising on the yard and guards responded with chemical weapons.
March 26, 2020: At least 350 immigrants detained at the for-profit Stewart Detention Center held a hunger strike demanding their immediate release.
May 15, 2019: During a protest in front of the jail, inmates inside smashed out windows in all three buildings of the facility. Many of the inmates then attempted to communicate through the smashed windows with protesters outside, shouting “help us” and “there is mold.”
August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): Jailhouse Lawyers Speak declare active boycotts and work stoppages at multiple facilities in Georgia, but state that “strike numbers are not yet strong enough to shut down a prison”. A spokesperson for JLS reminds reporters of the brutal retaliation during Georgia’s 2010 work stoppage. Staff at facilities deny that any prisoners are demonstrating.
January 30, 2018: Approximately eight inmates started a hunger strike in response to a number of grievances. These included lack of access to recreation time, food issues, sanitation issues, and lack of access to property.
June 13, 2017: Two inmates escaped from a transport bus after overpowering a guard and using his gun to fatally shoot both prison guards on the bus.
September 8 – 11, 2016: As part of the 2016 nationally coordinated prisoner strike, at least two prisoners attacked guards while others went on hunger strike.
April 21 – December 21, 2016 (exact dates uncertain): Between (at least) April and December of 2016, dozens of detainees at the Stewart Detention Center launch rolling hunger strikes in protest of their confinement and treatment by ICE.