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2018

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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2017

22

Jul

Attack on Guards at Tucker Maximum Security Unit, Arkansas – Part 1

July 22, 2017: Three prisoners attack guards while they were attempting to handcuff another prisoner. Then “at least three prisoners” escaped from individual holding units in a recreation area. Corrections officers fire “warning shots” with live ammunition in order to regain control.

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24

May

Battle Between Guards and Prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison, California

May 24, 2017: After guards attempt to break up a fight between two prisoners on the prison yard, large groups of prisoners attack guards and fight them off. Guards respond, firing live ammunition into the crowd. Five prisoners suffer gunshot wounds and are hospitalized.

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24

Mar

Attack on Guards at Pelican Bay State Prison, California

March 24, 2017: After guards use chemical agents and batons to intervene in a fight between two prisoners, the guards are attacked by a large group of prisoners. Guards fire live ammunition at the prisoners. According to the department of corrections’ press release, “Officers from three armed posts used lethal force to stop the attacks firing a total of 19 .223 rounds from the mini-14 rifle and three 40-millimeter direct impact rounds.”

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2016

20

Dec

Uprising at California Correctional Center, Susanville

December 20-21, 2016: A riot involving at least a hundred prisoners breaks out in the medium security unit. Guards fire live ammunition at prisoners and one prisoner is shot.

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2015

10

May

Mother’s Day Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional, Nebraska

May 10, 2015: Prisoners of all races take control of multiple housing units in the prison (including staff­ offices), fight off­ guards together, set fires, destroy walls and other infrastructure. They use office phones to call their mothers and the media and chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”—echoing the anti-police protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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2014

22

Apr

Attack on guards at Saskatchewan Federal Penitentiary, Canada

April 22, 2014: Approximately five prisoners attacked two prison guards at around 8 in the evening, which ended with both guards and one of the prisoners requiring medical treatment.

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