Category: Timeline

2018

07

Sep

Disturbance at Hamilton Correctional Annex, Florida

September 7, 2018: staff at Hamilton Correctional Annex mobilized security teams and law enforcement from the surrounding area to contain prisoners who “became noncompliant” on the rec yard. The Florida Department of Correction insisted that “There is absolutely no indication that this incident occurred as a result of any national movement or organization.” News helicopters captured images of over 100 prisoners sitting down in the yard.

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29

Aug

Hunger Strike at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Delaware

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Delaware August 29- September 5, 2018 At least 12 prisoners begin refusing meals in protest of conditions. One prisoner, A’Keem Cropper, speaks with local media and explains the motivation for the hunger strike. According to prison authorities, one week later the last of the hunger strikers begins to eat. According […]

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27

Aug

Hunger Strike at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Indiana

August 27, 2018: According to the group IDOC Watch, “Several inmates in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility are initiating a hunger strike in protest of their already starvation-level meal portions, their lack of access to basic necessities like adequate clothing, and access to commissary items.”

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24

Aug

Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

August 24, 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

Nationwide prison strike: North Carolina

August 21 – September 9, 2018: North Carolina prisoners issue a set of 8 additional demands focusing on mental health treatment and solitary confinement as well as a call for truce between different population sets. On August 20, supporters gather for a noise demo outside Hyde Correctional Institution during the prisoners’ yard time. Prisoners respond to the demo by holding up their own banners saying “parole” “better food” and “solidarity”. Later, two Hyde prisoners are interviewed on WUNC radio, and prison staff sends them and other strike organizers across the state to solitary confinement.

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21

Aug

Nationwide prison strike: Georgia

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak declare active boycotts and work stoppages at multiple facilities in Georgia, but state that “strike numbers are not yet strong enough to shut down a prison”. A spokesperson for JLS reminds reporters of the brutal retaliation during Georgia’s 2010 work stoppage. Staff at facilities deny that any prisoners are demonstrating.

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21

Aug

Nationwide Prison Strike: Florida

August 21 – September 9, 2018: Prisoners at five facilities in Florida engage in work strikes and commissary boycots. Outside supporters with Gainesville IWOC and other groups stage a series of solidarity actions, including an occupation outside the work release camp near Gainesville. During the strike period 100 prisoners also appear to stage a sit down protest at Hamilton County Correctional Facility.

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21

Aug

#August21 Nationwide Prisoner Strike

August 21 – September 9, 2018: Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other formations issue 10 national demands with a call to action for workstoppages, sitdown strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary.

Prisoners in seventeen states commit to the action, and outside support grows to include over 300 organizations and dozens of solidarity rallies and events. Prison systems lock down multiple facilities, isolate leaders and crackdown on prisoner communication to inhibit organizing and prevent outside supporters from learning of inside events.

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21

Aug

Hunger Strike at Saguaro Correctional Center, Eloy, Arizona

Prisoners transferred from the Nevada Department of Corrections to the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona went on hunger strike in coordination with the National Hunger Strike.

According to Holly Welborn, policy director with the ACLU of Nevada, “They have more specific demands than the 10 that went out nationally. Their concerns are they are being treated differently than they would be at a (Nevada) state facility.”

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21

Aug

Nationwide Prison Strike: South Carolina

August 21 – September 9, 2018: Commissary Boycotts and widespread work stoppages occur in at least six facilities in South Carolina as part of the #August21 Nationwide Prison Strike. South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) claims there are no work strikes and engages in repeated shakedowns and searches for contraband phones to prevent word of the strike from escaping the walls.

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