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2019

26

Mar

Coordinated Hunger Strike at Two Wisconsin Prisons

March 26 – April 22, 2019: Nine prisoners at two Wisconsin prisons began a hunger strike demanding an end to indefinite solitary confinement. Their demands cited the recently elected governor’s campaign promises to reform solitary confinement practices. The hunger strike was timed to start on Madison Action Day, an annual prison reform lobby day. Outside supporters also organized a call-in campaign.

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22

Mar

Hunger Strike at River Correctional Facility, Louisiana

March 22-30, 2019: Approximately 150 immigrant detainees at the private prison owned by the LaSalle Management Corporations launched a hunger strike to protest treatment. Their complaints included being denied bond and unfairness at immigration and asylum hearings. In the first days of the strike, participation fell to 24 people who were officially confirmed by ICE, who also announced that the strike was over on March 30.

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18

Mar

Hunger Strike at Holman Correctional Facility, Alabama

March 18, 2019: Eight prisoners began a hunger strike in response to being placed in solitary confinement without due cause.

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14

Mar

Hunger Strike at Adelanto Detention Facility, California

March 14, 2019: Approximately 150 immigrant detainees participated in a coordinated food strike at one of the largest privately run immigrant detention facilities in the county, owned and operated by Geo Group. The detainees refused to go to the cafeteria for a regularly-scheduled meal and then a smaller number began a hunger strike.

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15

Feb

Hunger Strike at Suffolk County House of Corrections, Massachusetts

February 15-20, 2019: Seventy-two ICE detainees in the 8-2 unit of the Suffolk County House of Corrections launched a hunger strike in response to a number of grievances related to jail conditions. The hunger strikers presented a list of demands to prison staff on February 10 which include problems with specific staff members as well as a number of grievances related to conditions at the jail.

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09

Feb

Hunger Strike at Yuba County Jail, California

February 9-16, 2019: Approximately 50 immigrant detainees in the ICE-operated detention facility launched a hunger strike in response to a variety of demands, including lack of medical care, adequate exercise time and educational programs.

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02

Feb

Hunger Strike at Tabor Correctional Institution, North Carolina

February 2-9, 2019 (end date approximate): A group of seven prisoners launched a hunger strike in protest of a new policy requiring that those sending money to a prisoner’s commissary account go through the process of becoming approved as visitors through the prison–a rule that greatly restricts who can send funds to prisoners.

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25

Jan

Hunger Strike at Western Women’s Correctional Facility, New Mexico

January 25, 2019 – (end date unknown): According to the group Millions for Prisoners New Mexico, prisoners housed at Western Women’s Correctional Facility went on hunger strike to protest various issues with the prison’s outsourced meal provider Trinity Food Services.

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14

Jan

Hunger Strike at Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York

January 14 – (end date unknown): An unspecified number of prisoners went on hunger strike in response to cancelled visits that were the result of staffing shortages due to the government shutdown. The New York Times reported that the facility, which is run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is also experiencing difficulty administering medication and other medical care during the shutdown.

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14

Jan

Hunger Strike at Robert Presley Detention Center, California

January 14-18, 2019: Approximately 16 prisoners launched a hunger strike in protest of lack of medical care, lack of out-of-cell time allotted by prison policy and other policy violations.

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