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September 16

Uprising Breaks Out at Private Corrections Youth Jail in Florida

Report from Perilous Chronicle about recent uprising at youth academy in Florida.

According to the Bradenton Herald, forty-three juveniles engaged in what police called a “riot.”

An incident report released by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office stated that the 43 juveniles “were throwing chairs and breaking windows.”

Local Deputies were called in to respond to the incident. Upon arrival, Deputies ordered all three pods to lock down. According to the report, all of the juveniles complied except one, who had to be handcuffed and escorted back to his cell.

Deputies reported no injuries as a result of the incident.

TrueCore, the private corrections company who operates the facility, told a different story. According to a statement from the company, only seven juveniles participated in the uprising, and all complied with orders when they were given.

TrueCore’s Communications Director, Jack Eich, said in a statement, “At no time were the youth or staff in any danger and there were no reported injuries.”

It is still not clear what exactly sparked the uprising.

Citations:

Juveniles riot at Palmetto Youth Academy, cops say,” Bradenton Herald, September 11, 2019.

Florida juvenile facility locked down after riot,” ABC Action News Tampa Bay, September 12, 2019.

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Perilous Chronicle

Perilous is a project supported by a network of people—including you—who seek to gather and track information on prison uprisings, riots, protests, strikes, and other disturbances within public and private jails, prisons, and detention centers in the US and Canada. In this process, we rely on crowdsourced information in addition to local news outlets and our own reporting.

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