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2020

06

May

Documents Reveal a Series of Protests and Uprisings at Cook County Jail, Chicago

April 29, 2020: Documents recently released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal numerous incidents of prisoner-led protest and rebellion against guards and staff in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the facility. As of May 6, more than 500 detainees at the Cook County Jail have tested positive for Covid-19 and 7 have died, according to statistics gathered by Injustice Watch and documents filed in court.

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02

May

Protest and Hunger Strike at Dillwyn Correctional Center, Virginia

May 2: In early May, a hunger strike and protest erupted due to COVID-19 at Dillwyn Correction Center in Virginia. Shortly after the disturbances, several prisoners were transferred to another prison for “security reasons,” but the Department of Corrections in Virginia has declined to provide further information.

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05

Apr

Hunger Strike at Adelanto ICE Processing Center, California

April 5 – ongoing: A series of hunger strikes have occurred in the Adelanto ICE Processing Center involving an estimated 100-180 detainees. The strikers are protesting the lack of basic sanitation and their continued confinement during a global pandemic that continues to claim the lives of incarcerated people across the country.

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04

Apr

Hunger Strike at Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Over COVID-19, Rhode Island

April 3rd, 2020: Nearly 70 detainees engaged in a hunger strike to demand their immediate release amid concerns about the potential rapid spread of COVID-19 among detainees

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03

Apr

Hunger Strike at Otay Mesa ICE Detention Center, California

April 3 – (end date unknown): At least 12 detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility organized a hunger strike to demand an effective response to Covid-19.

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03

Apr

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike at Farmville Detention Center in Response to COVID-19

March 31: Approximately 100 detainees at the Farmville Detention Center organized a hunger strike in response a COVID-19 outbreak.

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03

Apr

100 Prisoners in Connecticut Transferred after Threatening to Organize Protests about COVID-19

April 3, 2020: Over 100 prisoners were transferred after they threatened to organize hunger strikes and work stoppages to protest the facility’s new rules aimed at avoiding the spread of COVID-19. The recently implemented rules limit the movement of prisoners and require them to eat in their housing units, instead of in common areas.

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02

Apr

Hunger Strike at Krome Detention Center, Florida

April 2, 2020 – Detainees at the Krome Detention Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida launched a hunger strike on Thursday, April 2. The detainees cited the pandemic as a primary motivator in the strike, releasing a video statement at the start of the strike to a Miami Herald reporter, Monique O. Madan.

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02

Apr

Hunger Strike at Franklin County Jail, Pennsylvania

March 30, 2020: A hunger strike at the Franklin County Jail which began on March 30 spread to a second block and won a few improvements in the preventive measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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29

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike at York County Prison, PA Due to COVID-19

March 29, 2020: At least 180 detainees went on hunger strike at the York County Prison, demanding they be released due to the potential spread of COVID-19 in the facility.  This comes as COVID-19 spreads across detention centers in the United States.

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