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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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#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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Rebellion at Bartholomew County Jail, Indiana

September 4, 2017: Two prisoners kick out the mesh section of their cell doors and use them to attack guards while other prisoners flood the cell block causing a total of $8,000 in damage.

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Uprising at Henry County Jail, Indiana

August 3-4, 2016: Prisoners set fire to mattresses and jail uniforms on two subsequent nights. The first fire is set in the male assigned part of the jail. The next night prisoners in the women’s side light another fire. According to their captors, prisoners also attempt to deactivate the locks on their jail cells.

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Uprising at Vanderburgh County Jail, Indiana

August 1, 2016: Prisoners refuse to be handcuffed, flood their cell, put soap on the floor to trip the guards when they enter and use bed bunks and mattresses as barricades and shields.

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Hunger Strike at Westville Correctional Facility, Indiana

January 14-24, 2014: A group of prisoners launch a hunger strike in protest of nutritionally deficient cold sack lunches. The lunches are the result of cutbacks by Aramark. After ten days and a protest and media campaign by outside supproters, hot lunches resume. Prison staff then retaliate by turning off heat to the unit.

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