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Five Prisoners Killed, Two Escape Amidst Violence in Mississippi Prisons

December 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020: A series of riots and fights between prisoners in the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) has resulted in the deaths of five prisoners and two escapes.

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Hunger Strike at Adams County Correctional Center, Mississippi

July 9-11, 2019: Several detainees at the Adams County Correctional Center participated in a hunger strike in protest of conditions at the facility. According to the Clarion Ledger, the detainee at the facility who began the hunger strike was an electrician working and living in Jackson for the last 13 years.

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Fire and Attack on Guards at Marshall County Correctional Facility, Mississippi

April 3, 2019: Prisoners at a private facility in Mississippi attacked a guard and set fire to part of their unit. The guard was airlifted to a hospital as a result.

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Hunger Strike at East Mississippi Correctional Facility

March 1 – 5, 2018: Prisoners at a private prison run by the Management & Training Corp., launch a hunger strike in the lead-up to a trial in U.S. District court of a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of prisoners over inhumane conditions at the facility.

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Hunger Strike at South Mississippi Correctional Institution

March/April, 2017 (Exact Dates Uncertain): Between 11 and 23 prisoners launched a hunger strike in protest of conditions at the prison, including extended lockdowns leading to lack of access to visitation and adequate recreation time.

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Prisoners “Take Over” Alcorn County Correctional Facility, Mississippi

October 29, 2015: 240 prisoners are transferred after it comes to light that prisoners had been “basically running” the jail. Prisoners had been leaving the facility to work on private property and even crossing state lines. Authorities seize weapons, drugs, cell phones and jail keys from prisoners. “It appears to simply just be a ‘free for all’ that was going on at the Correctional Facility.”

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Attack on Guards at South Mississippi Correctional Institution

September 22, 2014: Seven correctional officers were attacked by at least five prisoners as they left a housing unit following a shakedown.

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Uprising at Walnut Grove Correctional Facility, Mississippi

July 10, 2014: Following the seizure of a large amount of contraband by guards, dozens of prisoners chased guards out and took control of multiple housing units of the facility. During the ensuing chaos, prisoners targeted and brutally beat other prisoners, requiring at least nine to require off-site medical attention.

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Free Alabama Movement Second Strike Attempt

April 18-20, 2014: Following the January action, FAM spokespeople attempt to announce statewide strike through media outreach. Pre-emptive transfers and isolation of strike leaders stunts participation.

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Uprising at Adams County Correctional Facility, Mississippi

May 21, 2012: Hundreds of prisoners took control of a unit at a private prison owned by Corrections Corporation of America (now Core Civic) and attempted to negotiate a meeting with the warden to voice their concerns. After guards deploy tear gas canisters, prisoners threw the canisters back towards the firing line along with stones, soda cans, and kitchen trays. Some prisoners stacked food trays and reached the roof where the guards were stationed, assaulting prison staff and again demanding a meeting with the warden.

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