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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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Prisoners Start a Fire at Unnamed Texas Prison in Response to COVID-19

March, 2020 (exact date unknown): Prisoners at an unknown facility in Texas started a fire in their unit sometime during the last week of March, 2020 to protest lack of access to electricity and showers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Sit-Down Strike at T. Don Hutto ICE Facility, Texas

February 24, 2020: Approximately 80 female detainees at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas engaged in a sit-down strike in protest of indefinite detention, inadequate medical care and other issues.

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Hunger Strike at El Paso Processing Center, Texas

October, 2019 – ongoing: Three prisoners at the ICE-operated El Paso Processing Center began hunger strikes within the previous two months demanding their freedom and protesting denial of due process. ICE agents are force-feeding them using tubes forced in the nose and down to the stomach.

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Hunger Strike at El Paso ICE Processing Center, Texas

July 8, 2019: At least four prisoners at ICE Facility in Texas went on hunger strike seeking bonds to be free while appealing deportation orders. They were stuck in detention in as long as fifteen months.

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Hunger Strike at El Paso Processing Center, Texas

January 1, 2019 (exact start date unknown) – ongoing: As many as 30 immigrant detainees at the ICE-operated facility went on hunger strike over the course of a month, with an unknown number remaining on strike and at least nine of them being force-fed. They are joined by 4 detainees on hunger strike at other ICE facilities in the U.S.–in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.

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Uprising at Webb County Detention Center, Texas

December 11, 2018: Two correctional officers were attacked by prisoners while reportedly conducting a “cell search” at approximately 3:00 am Tuesday morning at the private prison run by CoreCivic.

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Two Uprisings by Idaho Prisoners at Eagle Pass Correctional Facility, Texas

November 5-13, 2018: Prisoners from Idaho housed in a private prison in Texas participate in two disturbances in just over a week.

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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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