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2020

06

May

Documents Reveal a Series of Protests and Uprisings at Cook County Jail, Chicago

April 29, 2020: Documents recently released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal numerous incidents of prisoner-led protest and rebellion against guards and staff in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the facility. As of May 6, more than 500 detainees at the Cook County Jail have tested positive for Covid-19 and 7 have died, according to statistics gathered by Injustice Watch and documents filed in court.

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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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17

Apr

Disturbance at Pendleton Correctional Facility, Indiana

April 17, 2020: According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, a “disturbance” took place at 10:40 a.m. on April 17 at the Pendleton Correctional Facility involving four prisoners.

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12

Apr

Uprising at Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, New York

April 12, 2020: An uprising involving at least eight detainees occurred on the evening of Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, New York. The incident was in response to a recent policy to transfer youth detainees due to COVID-19. According to one source, youth detained at the Center “managed to break out of their cells, access a supply room, turn mops into weapons, and beat several guards, one so badly they needed stitches.”

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10

Apr

Uprising at Stewart Detention Center, Georgia

April 9, 2020: Detainees at Stewart Detention Center participated in an uprising on the yard and guards responded with chemical weapons.

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08

Apr

Monroe Correctional Protest

Uprising at Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Amidst Covid-19 Outbreak

April 8, 2020: Between 100-200 prisoners at the Monroe Corrections Complex staged a protest and uprising in response to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the prison and the inadequate response of the administration and staff.

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02

Apr

Uprising at El Paso County Jail over New COVID-19 Restrictions

April 2, 2020: After being informed of new restrictions due to COVID-19, an argument and disturbance between deputies and prisoners ensued around one of the new restrictions that forces prisoners to eat on their bunks, instead of in the usual common areas.  In response, deputies made an “all-hands” call for help, activating the Special Response Team.

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01

Apr

Disturbance at Portland, Oregon Juvenile Detention Facility

April 1, 2020: An unspecified “disturbance” occurred on the evening of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH) in Portland.

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23

Mar

ICE Detainees in South Texas Protest Over Lack of Response to COVID-19 Epidemic

March 23, 2020: Approximately 60 immigrant detainees refused to return to their cell block Monday in protest of a lack of response on the part of the facility to the threat of COVID-19. In response to the protest, guards sprayed the protesters with OC Spray. The event was referred to as a “riot” by journalists and advocates, but the specifics of the incident are still unclear. 

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23

Mar

Disturbance at Spring Creek Youth Services Center, Colorado

March 23, 2020: Police responded with pepper spray after an unknown number of youth detained at Spring Creek Youth Services Center began throwing tables and chairs and destroying property.

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