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2020

20

Apr

Disturbance at Bridge City Center for Youth, Louisiana

April 20, 2020: Juveniles held at the Bridge City Center for Youth engaged in a disturbance that included 4 dormitory units. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded with a SWAT team to a call at approximately 8:30 p.m. to reports of prisoners fighting with each other and destroying property. An unidentified source told Fox 8 that the incident lasted for hours.

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08

Apr

Uprising at FCI Oakdale I, Louisiana Following Multiple COVID-19 Deaths

April 8, 2020: A ruckus ensued in response to an effort by staff to move prisoners who had just finished a two week quarantine due to them potentially having COIVID-19, into housing units with no known COVID-19 cases.

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25

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike in Richwood, Louisiana in Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020: A group of detainees held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Richwood Detention Center in Louisiana organized a hunger strike demanding their freedom in the midst of a growing outbreak of COVID-19 in jails, prison and detention centers in the US. According to a statement recorded by the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network and published by Latino Rebels, 60 of the 64 detainees in one housing unit are participating in the strike.

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24

Mar

Disturbance at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, Louisiana

March 24, 2020: A group of immigrant detainees at the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center were pepper sprayed Tuesday after becoming “physically combative” in the recreation area, according to ICE officials who spoke with BuzzFeed News. Details of the incident are unclear at this time, but it occurs amidst a growing wave of protest at jails, prisons and detention centers across the country in response to a growing outbreak of COVID-19 among incarcerated people.

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23

Mar

Two Protests at LaSalle ICE Processing Center, Louisiana in Response to COVID-19

March 23 and March 25, 2020: Immigrant detainees at the LaSalle ICE Processing Center staged two protests last week in response to concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19 in their facility, according to government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

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03

Mar

Asylum Seekers from Cameroon Launch Hunger Strike in ICE Detention

March 3, 2020 – Ongoing: Forty-three asylum seekers facing indefinite detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are on day ten of a hunger strike in protest of their conditions of confinement.

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2019

03

Dec

Detained Asylum Seekers Stage Protest at Winn Correctional Center, Louisiana

December 3rd, 2019: Detainees who are currently seeking asylum in Winn Correctional Center (WCC) refused to move back to their cells in a protest over their prolonged detention, some having spent over 8 months awaiting parole.

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31

Oct

Hunger Strike at LaSalle Detention Facility, Louisiana

October 31 – Ongoing: At least five asylum seekers from India have been force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after refusing to eat for almost two months, says the immigrant-advocate group Freedom for Immigrants.

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15

Aug

Disturbance at New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center, Louisiana

August 15, 2019: SWAT teams responded to a “disturbance” at the Juvenile Justice Center in New Orleans. Officials differed on the details of the incident.

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27

Jul

Hunger Strike and Protest at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, Louisiana

July 27 – August 3, 2019: Guards deployed pepper spray after more than 100 immigrant detainees held a demonstration in the prison yard at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, a privately run ICE detention Facility owned by GEO Group. The event comes just a day after ICE detainees were pepper sprayed during a disturbance at another Louisiana facility and a month after a hunger strike at a third Louisiana ICE facility.

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