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2018 National Prison Strike: Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Indiana

August 27, 2018: According to the group IDOC Watch, “Several inmates in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility are initiating a hunger strike in protest of their already starvation-level meal portions, their lack of access to basic necessities like adequate clothing, and access to commissary items.”

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2018 National Prison Strike

August 21 – September 9, 2018 (exact dates vary based on location): Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other organizations issued 10 national demands with a call to action for work stoppages, sit-down strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary. Organizers stated that the strike was organized in response to the riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina that resulted in the violent deaths of seven prisoners.

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Rebellion at Bartholomew County Jail, Indiana

September 4, 2017: Two prisoners kick out the mesh section of their cell doors and use them to attack guards while other prisoners flood the cell block causing a total of $8,000 in damage.

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Uprising at Henry County Jail, Indiana

August 3-4, 2016: Prisoners set fire to mattresses and jail uniforms on two subsequent nights. The first fire is set in the male assigned part of the jail. The next night prisoners in the women’s side light another fire. Prisoners also attempt to deactivate the locks on their jail cells.

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Uprising at Vanderburgh County Jail, Indiana

July 26, 2016: Prisoners at the Vanderburgh County Jail refused to be handcuffed, flooded their cell, put soap on the floor to trip the guards when they entered and used bed bunks and mattresses as barricades and shields. Sheriff Dave Wedding stated: “They were yelling, screaming, and they start violently kicking on our doors and pounding on the windows and these were nine people in a housing unit of about 70 people or so. Sometimes that can incite other people to follow their lead so we could’ve had bigger problems.”

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Hunger Strike at Westville Correctional Facility, Indiana

January 13-24, 2014: A group of prisoners launch a hunger strike in protest of nutritionally deficient cold sack lunches. The lunches are the result of cutbacks by Aramark. After ten days and a protest and media campaign by outside supproters, hot lunches resume. Prison staff then retaliate by turning off heat to the unit.

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