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2019

31

Oct

Attack on Guards at Yakima County Jail, Washington

October 31, 2019: Five prisoners were charged with rioting at Yakima County Jail after a fight broke out with two correctional officers.

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18

Oct

Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

October 18, 2019: More than two hundred detainees began a hunger strike on Friday at the Northwest Detention Center, a privately-run immigrant detention center, according to the immigrant advocate group La Resistencia.

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07

Oct

Hunger Strike and Work Stoppage at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, Washington

October 7, 2019 – October 12, 2019: Prisoners at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center began a hunger strike and work stoppage on Monday, October 7 in response to numerous grievances with the facility including food issues, compensation for labor, lack of exercise equipment and complaints about outsourced services such as J-Pay and Global Telelink.

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08

May

Attack on Guards at Yakima County Jail, Washington

May 8, 2019: Four prisoners were charged with second-degree assault after attacking a corrections officer at Yakima County Jail.

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01

Feb

Food Strike at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, Washington

February 1 – February 26, 2019 (exact end date unknown): The majority of the prisoners at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center launched a hunger strike to protest cold “breakfast boats” that they say are primarily sugar. A breakfast boat is a boxed meal that is given to prisoners with their evening meal, usually with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a muffin, bran bar, cereal and powdered milk.

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2018

24

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Northwest Detention Center, Washington

August 24-27, 2018: According to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance, approximately 200 detainees participate in a hunger strike “in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S.”

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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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14

Jul

Hunger Strike and Encampment at Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma

July 14-17, 2018: More than 40 detainees in pod A2 begin a hunger strike “to share the opinions of mistreatment that occur inside, and to ask for changes in ICE and GEO’s policies” the detainees say in a public statement. The hunger strike lasts four days. In early July, supporters begin an encampment outside the detention center that lasts more than a month.

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01

Apr

Hunger Strike at Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla

April 1-12, 2018: Prisoners begin a hunger strike on Easter Sunday that lasts at least 11 days and involves at least 1,315 prisoners–including prisoners in all six units of the prison’s West Complex. All prisoners in the West Complex who are not “elderly or infirm” participate. Prison officials state that strike is related to food quality.

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07

Feb

Work Stoppage and Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

February 7, 2018: Following a work stoppage by detainees employed in the kitchen on February 7, over 120 detainees launch a hunger strike on February 9 in protest of abuses by guards, food quality issues and other conditions. In retaliation for the hunger strike, guards beat detainees and put them in solitary confinement. NWDC was the site of at nine hunger strikes in 2017, according to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance.

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