Four housing units at the private GEO Group prison refuse orders to return to their cells and go on strike in response to harassment and abuse. Prisoners cite the prison administration cutting visitation and guards harassing prisoners family members, including strip searching elderly people, as motivation for the protest. They reference the nationwide prisonĀ  strike, saying “the strike took place early” because of tensions reaching a tipping point.

New Mexico DOC locks down all prisons in the state on August 20 claiming the lockdown is for the purposes of a “standard security sweep.”

Outside supporters with Millions 4 Prisoners NM organize a protest at Roosevelt Park in Albuquerque.

Citations:

“New Mexico prison is on lockdown after inmate disturbance“, US News, August 2018.

“Facebook Comment“, Millions 4 Prisoners, August 2018.

New Mexico Prisons Locked Down for Security Sweep,” Santa Fe New Mexican, August 2018.