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Apr 5, 20

Protest at Neuse Correctional, North Carolina in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Report on recent prison action in North Carolina. Originally published to Perilous Chronicle.

A group of prisoners at the Neuse Correctional Institution staged a protest Thursday afternoon after receiving news that two prisoners at the facility had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the prisoners from different dorms came outside and refused orders from staff and the warden to return to their cells. In a statement, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety stated that the event “can be best characterized as an organized offender protest.”


Statement on Organized Protest at Neuse Correctional Institution“, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Press Release, April 2, 2020.

Prisoners Protest After Two Inmates Diagnosed With COVID-19“, Indy Week, April 3, 2020.

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