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Disturbance and Mass Escape at Michigan Youth Facility After Staff Restrain Teen to Death

May 1, 2020: 25-28 youths escaped from Lakeside Academy after witnessing a fellow resident, 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick, be killed by staff after they restrained him by sitting on his chest for 9 minutes.

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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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Violence at Lee Correctional Leaves 7 Prisoners Dead

April 14- April 15, 2018: Guards refuse to intervene for hours while fights spread to multiple units of the facility. Due to broken locks on cell doors, prisoners are unable to lock themselves in cells for protection. In the end, seven prisoners are dead, some as a result of prolonged lack of medical attention. The event is the deadliest prison disruption since the Lucasville Uprising in 1993. It captures national media attention and leads prisoner organizers to accelerate calls for a national prison strike on August 21- September 9, 2018.

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Uprising at Arizona State Prison Complex, Yuma

March 1-2, 2018: After guards beat an intoxicated prisoner, at least 600 prisoners participate in an uprising in which they attack guards, set fires, throw rocks, attack prison infrastructure and break into the healthcare unit. One prisoner, Adam Coppa, is shot and killed during the riot and 26 prisoners are injured.

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Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional Institution, Nebraska

March 2, 2017: Almost exactly two years after a major uprising at Tecumseh, approximately 40 prisoners refused orders to return to their cells. Prison staff left the day room of the housing unit and locked the doors, preventing the prisoners from moving to other units. During the uprising, prisoners set fires and destroyed prison infrastructure. Two prisoners were murdered by other prisoners during the uprising.

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South Carolina Rebellion

September 26-30, 2016: Amid frequent shakedowns, transfers and other retaliation for participating in the nation-wide strike, a prisoner named Michael Lorenzo Jones is killed in a fight between prisoners at McCormick CI. The Department of Corrections responds with a statewide lockdown and media blackout. The next day, and three hours away, prisoners refuse orders, jump on a guard and chase staff out of the unit. They maintain control of the unit for less than 12 hours. Over the next four days prisoners on Twitter (@prisonslavery1) report at least 5 more guards in different facilities being attacked and often hospitalized, including 4 stabbed at Lanesboro on the 30th.

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Mother’s Day Uprising at Tecumseh Correctional, Nebraska

May 10, 2015: Prisoners of all races take control of multiple housing units in the prison (including staff­ offices), fight off­ guards together, set fires, destroy walls and other infrastructure. They use office phones to call their mothers and the media and chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”—echoing the anti-police protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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California Prison Hunger Strike

July 8 – September 5, 2013: Following more delays and slow response to 2011 hunger strikes, Pelican Bay prisoners start another hunger strike in California. Over 30,000 prisoners join in, including hundreds throughout the United States. This is the largest hunger strike in history, bringing the issue of solitary confinement to the attention of the media, legislators, the United Nations, and the public in general.

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