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Old 03-02-2018, 01:20 PM
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Default Riot at Yuma March 1, 2018 - News Release March 2, 2018

Anyone hear anything about a riot at Yuma? Cheyenne yard. Don’t knowing it was north or south. Any info is appreciated!
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Anyone hear anything about a riot at Yuma? Cheyenne yard. Don’t knowing it was north or south. Any info is appreciated!
Not sure if you saw this- it gives a little more information but does not state north or south. Very sad that there was a fatality.

https://corrections.az.gov/article/a...ma-disturbance
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YUMA (Friday, March 2, 2018) – ASPC-Yuma remains secure and locked down today following a major disturbance that occurred Thursday evening.

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Not sure if you saw this- it gives a little more information but does not state north or south. Very sad that there was a fatality.

https://corrections.az.gov/article/a...ma-disturbance
Thank you for this info...my goodness it sounds bad! Staff and inmates alike in my thoughts.
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Thank you for the response! How crazy! Sad, ones life was taken.
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Please note that I got this information from the ASPC Website which I check everyday, this is their version of what happened.

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YUMA (Friday, March 2, 2018) – ASPC-Yuma remains secure and locked down today following a major disturbance that occurred Thursday evening.

Twenty-six inmates were transported to the hospital and treated for minor and/or non-life threatening injuries. Fifteen have since been released and returned to the complex.

Eleven employees sustained minor and/or non-life threatening injuries and were seen the hospital. All have been released and 10 of the 11 employees have returned to work.

Inmates involved in the disturbance are still secured and contained in fenced recreation enclosures on the yard. They are receiving necessary provisions and care, including meals, water, medications, blankets and access to medical care and restrooms.

ADC personnel are continuing to conduct assessments at the unit today. Inmate-inflicted damage occurred in housing and other buildings, including broken windows, sinks, toilets, fire alarms, locks, and flooding and ceiling damage due to broken water lines. Initial clean up and repairs are underway. Alternate housing is being assigned for a number of inmates.

ADC wishes to acknowledge the phenomenal response to this emergency situation by our dedicated department personnel from across the state, as well from other law enforcement and medical responders, including the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma & San Luis Police Departments, FBI, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

About the disturbance:

Around 6:18 p.m., inmates at the medium-custody Cheyenne Unit attacked prison personnel. Inmates threw rocks, set fires to mattresses and other property outside on the yard, and broke into the prison health unit. Approximately 600 of the unit’s 1,147 inmate population were involved in the disturbance.

By 9:00 p.m., ADC’s quick response and tactical teams had brought the disturbance under control. All employees were verified to be safe and accounted for.

The inmates involved were contained and remained on the fenced recreation yard overnight as ADC personnel began conducting assessments and processing inmates.

The department is thoroughly investigating all facets of the disturbance, including possible motivation of the inmates. ADC will seek additional criminal charges for any inmates involved in this violent activity.

Also Please Note that there was one Inmate who sustained fatal injuries during the disturbance. Please check the website for information.
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I live in Yuma, local paper says they will remain on the yard through tonight while cleanup and investigation is on-going.
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Was told it was cause they tried to intergrate them
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Is that why it happened. Because I read someone say on FB that it all started cus a CO got into it with a inmate.
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Is that why it happened. Because I read someone say on FB that it all started cus a CO got into it with a inmate.
That’s what we was told it was a race riot. But who really knows but the ones involved.
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This information is from Middle Ground Prison Reform

As most of you know, on Thursday, 3/1/18, a riot occurred at the Yuma Prison/Cheyenne Unit at about 6 p.m. on the recreation yard. Many of you have contacted us to express concern for a loved one who happens to be housed at Yuma and, in particular, at the Cheynne Unit. Some have speculated very strongly that the riot was a protest of the implementation of the IHP (Integrated Housing Program) and some have also speculated that the entire IHP should be suspended or vacated due to the riot at Yuma.

Here is some information that is now being released by the DOC. They say that at about 6:18 p.m. an inmate was being escorted by guards across the rec yard. He appeared to be under the influence (not designated as to alcohol or drugs). He attempted to break free and assault the escorting guards, and he began to run away. The guards chased after him. This activity resulted in other inmates who observed this incident to begin attacking the guards. According to DOC, most of the inmates in the 1,124 man unit were out on the rec yard at this time. Both sides of the unit began attacking the guards, breaking property and gaining access to the dormitory officer stations. Inmates grabbed mattresses and other property to burn. Inmates also broke into the medical / health unit building.

Tactical support units (TSU) were deployed and, apparently, one inmate -- Adam Coppa # 180398 -- was shot and killed. 28 inmates were treated at a hospital and 25 of them have now been returned to the prison. 11 employees were reported to have minor injuries.

According to DOC, inmates were kept outside on the rec yard. Allegedly, they were provided meals, water, prescribed medications, blankets, coats and sunscreen and were given access to port-a-potties and medical care. The DOC made a big point in their news release of claiming that staffing shortages were not a factor in the riot -- they claimed that 33 or 35 designated posts were staffed at the time of the riot, plus 2 supervisors.

Middle Ground is well aware that the Department's "official" version of events is quite often a "cover-our-ass" operation, and they work hard to defer blame for any incident so that it falls squarely on the backs of inmates. And we don't deny that there are, in fact, inmates who over-react to certain incidents. But there is clearly more to this story than what DOC is releasing.

First, what correctional best practice manual suggests that over 1,000 inmates should be out on a prison yard all at the same time, even with 30 staff members on duty? There is no way that all 30 staff members were on the yard with the 1,000+ inmates. This seems absurd and could be viewed as a blueprint for disaster.

Second, Mr. Coppa was admittedly killed by gunshot. Only TSU would have guns with bullets in them, and it would seem questionable that they would need weaponry designed to kill when other means of stopping inmates, including inmates entering "no man's land," would suffice. The killing of an inmate by gunshot appears to have been an over-reaction by testosterone-fueled Gestapo soldiers. We hope that Mr. Coppa's family will retain legal counsel to thoroughly press for answers to this man's death.

Finally, it has been brought to our attention that the DOC, when implementing the IHP (Integrated Housing Program) have not been providing the promised incentives to the inmates who volunteer for participation, and that many inmates who would otherwise participate are fearful of the unchecked retaliation by prison gangs -- and that the DOC is not adequately addressing the threats made to inmates who sign paperwork agreeing to the IHP. There is no excuse that can be offered if this is happening because the IHP has, in fact, been successfully implemented on some prison yards without negative impact. So, why not in Yuma? What management policies are in effect at Yuma that may be causing such simmering unrest and tension among the inmate population?

As we learn more about the situation, we will keep you informed. We do know, however, almost without a doubt, that Gov. Ducey will order an internal investigation -- allowing the DOC to investigate itself, as always -- and the "finding" will be that blame for the entire riot will rest upon the behavior of inmates, and nothing will be addressed within the DOC administration.

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The following is from the local paper, The Yuma Sun. Full article can be read here.

Officials release details about last week’s disturbance

While the investigation into Thursday night’s riot at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Yuma’s Cheyenne unit is ongoing from an administrative and criminal standpoint, prison officials released information Monday about what triggered the disturbance.

The incident, they say, began with an inmate being escorted across the recreation yard who appeared to be under the influence. This inmate attempted to assault the escorting officers and then ran away from them, prison officials say.
[...] Two quick response weapons teams were deployed to prevent inmates from trying to gain access to the ‘no man’s zone’ fenced area. Yuma’s tactical support unit (TSU) team was activated to regain order from the inmates who had broken into the medical/health unit building.
Inmates were attacking prison personnel using tables as shields when shotguns were deployed.
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Staffing levels were not a factor leading to Thursday’s disturbance, with 33 of the unit’s 35 designated posts staffed by correctional officers on duty at the time, along with two shift supervisors.
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Anyone have any ideas on how long it will be before loved ones at Cheyenne will be able to make calls?
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Anyone have any ideas on how long it will be before loved ones at Cheyenne will be able to make calls?

I was also wondering, as I would like to know if my loved one is okay....
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I have received a letter but no calls yet. ��
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Six correctional officers are being referred for prosecution following an investigation that showed COs caused nearly $30k in damages during the March 1, 2018 riot.

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Just wondering, if a riot happens in one unit are other units affected?
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Yes, the whole facility.
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