On Oct. 11, 1972, an uprising took place at the Washington, D.C. jail. Inmates took 12 hostages, including the Corrections Director.
They demanded juveniles be housed separately from adults, decent food be provided, overcrowding be addressed, and more.
Find a description and more photos of the D.C. Jail Uprising at Washington Spark.
Stories of prisoner activism are central to U.S. history, yet generally missing from textbooks. Below are resources for teaching about the Attica Prison Uprising and incarceration today.