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2019

02

Jan

Hunger Strike at Polk Correctional Institution, North Carolina

January 2 – (end date unknown): Prisoner Joseph Steward and several other prisoners launch a hunger strike to demand access to phone calls while in isolation. According to Steward, state law grants him phone access while in isolation.

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2018

04

Dec

Uprising at Iredell County Detention Center, North Carolina

December 4, 2018: Fights broke out at about 7:45pm between four detainees and guards as the detainees were being led back from visitation. As the fight escalated, a group of about 25 detainees started “becoming loud, hitting the glass in the door, and causing disturbances,” according to the press release.

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11

Nov

Unrest at Iredell County Detention Center, North Carolina

November 11, 2018: A fight broke out between two prison guards and four detainees during Sunday breakfast. After the altercation began between one detainee and a guard, other detainees joined in. Following the fight, charges were brought against all four prisoners.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: North Carolina

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): North Carolina prisoners issued a set of 8 additional demands focusing on mental health treatment and solitary confinement as well as a call for truce between various groups of prisoners. On August 20, supporters gathered for a noise demo outside Hyde Correctional Institution during the prisoners’ yard time. Prisoners responded to the demo by holding up their own banners saying “parole” “better food” and “solidarity”. Unconfirmed strike activity was reported at 11 prisons in the state.

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21

Aug

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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01

Apr

Hunger Strike at Polk Correctional Institution, North Carolina

April, 2018 (exact dates unknown): According to a letter from prisoner Willie James Dean-Bey to the San Francisco Bay View, prisoners in the H-Con housing unit went on hunger strike and released a list of demands, including access to food and hygiene items, newspapers, consistent showers and standards for eventual release from solitary confinement, among others.

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2017

12

Oct

Uprising at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, North Carolina

October 12, 2017: Prisoners set fire to the “specialty sewing plant” of the prison and attempt to escape. Four prison employees are killed and several others injured.

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2016

23

Oct

Uprising at Neuse Correctional Institution, North Carolina

October 23, 2016: Prisoners start fires in two buildings of the prison, break windows, damage dorms and attack two prison vehicles.

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29

Sep

Attack on Guards at Lanesboro Correctional Institution, North Carolina

September 29, 2016: Four guards are stabbed by prisoners, including a lieutenant and sergeant. Two are flown to hospital in critical condition.

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2011

16

Dec

Protest at Central Prison, North Carolina

December 16, 2011: Fifteen prisoners working in the kitchen sat down on the job in protest of the hours, lack of gain time, and working conditions.

According to the Prison Books Collective: “Despite the peaceful nature of the protest, guards soon came and threatened the men into returning to work. Eight of the men, however, continued to refuse to work until their questions were asked. These men were charged with ‘disobeying a direct order’ and ‘work refusal,’ and placed in solitary cells.”

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