On May 7 at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska, approximately 62 prisoners barricaded themselves inside of their housing unit, Hotel Mod, and destroyed prison infrastructure. The riot caused $100,000 in damage to computer lines, cameras, interior glass, fire suppression systems, and plumbing.
The prisoners were protesting a newly-introduced 8 a.m. cell inspection.
The uprising lasted roughly 10 hours and required back-up from local pig agencies as well as off-duty corrections pigs.
Several gangs were allegedly involved. The gangs were not battling each other, but had joined forces to battle the institutional rules. The uprising was apparently well organized by prison rebels, who put aside differences in solidarity with one another.
In response to the brutal conditions of enslavement in American prisons, prisoners are increasingly rising up to fight for their freedom and dignity.