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2018

23

Mar

Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina

March 23, 2018: Prisoners overpower a guard and take control of a dorm. They hold it for an hour and a half. No damage is reported to the prison, nor injuries to prisoners or staff.

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2017

10

Jul

Uprising at Great Plains Correctional Facility, Oklahoma

July 10, 2017: Armed with baseball bats and iron pipes, 400 prisoners take control of an entire building and two recreation yards for eight hours. Taking two guards hostage, they refuse to return to their cells. Guards use pepper spray and stun grenades. An unspecified number of prisoners are transported to a local hospital for injuries.

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01

Feb

Uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Delaware

February 1, 2017: Prisoners mask up and rush two officers following recreation time. They take a cell block for 18 hours, holding staff hostage, issuing demands to the media and explaining their actions as a response to conditions, the failure of non-violent protest, and the election of President Donald Trump. One hostage guard is killed during the uprising, and sixteen prisoners are charged with murder. They and two others are also charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and rioting.

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2016

11

Apr

Uprising at Perry Correctional Institution, South Carolina

April 11, 2016: Prisoners take control of a 180-person dorm during a 5 hour uprising, holding a guard hostage and assaulting him. While staff attempts to regain control of the unit, a total of three guards are stabbed.

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2012

13

Sep

Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina

September 13, 2012: A correctional guard was overpowered during an uprising in the Sumter Unit, which houses 120 prisoners. During the disturbance, prisoners took the correctional guard’s keys, pepper spray, and vest before he was held in a closet for 5 hours.

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05

Jun

Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina

June 5, 2012: Prisoners in a special management unit overpowered a guard while the guard and a nurse were handing out nighttime medication. The nurse escaped, and the guard sustained physical injuries. Prisoners dressed the guard in inmate clothing and made phone calls to Lee County dispatchers.

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