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Waupun Correctional Institution


Read More About It

"Causes of Prison Uprising Complex" Wisconsin State Journal, July 25, 1976

"Prison Disorders Few, Far Between" Wisconsin State Journal, July 22, 1976

"Prisoners Revolt at Waupun, 7-12 Aides are Held Hostage" The Capital Times, July 21, 1976

"Inmates: 'We Were Fed Up'" The Capital Times, July 22, 1976


Vocabulary:

hostages
takeover
standoff
cells


Interesting Fact:

The older buildings of the prison are on the National Register of Historic Places.


Study Questions:

  • What were the reasons for the prisoners revolting?
  • How did the negotiators persuade the prisoners to end the takeover, release the hostages and return to their cells?
  • Have there been other prison revolts or riots in Wisconsin? If so, where and when.


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about prison revolts in Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


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  • July 21

    July 21, 1976: Eighty-seven prisoners at the Waupun State Prison took 14 hostages during a takeover of a prison building. The 13-hour standoff ended peacefully the following day when hostages were released and the prisoners returned to their cells.


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