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International Skills Competition

Bring your team to compete with teams from the U.S. and around the world

An Experience Like No Other

Develop and test your team’s skills and readiness

Less Lethal Focus

The decommissioned WV Penitentiary serves as the proving ground

Get Hands-On with New Tech

End-users and technology developers interact in real time under real conditions

Your Mock Prison Riot Experience Begins Here!

Held every spring at the decommissioned West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, WV, the Mock Prison Riot features hands-on training and technology exposure to corrections, law enforcement, military, and public safety practitioners from around the world. Let us be the first to welcome you to the great state of West Virginia ... 

Mock Prison Riot 2025

REGISTRATION for the 2025 Mock Prison Riot will open in September of 2024. Please stand by. The dates for 2025 are: 4-7 May.

Registration fee is $50 per person. You are responsible for paying for your travel to and from; your lodging, your meals, and the $50 registration fee for each person. Additional charges apply for Exhibitors only. All Team Members and Observers are $50 per person.

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Skills Competition

The Skills Competition is designed to test communication skills, training, endurance and teamwork, but these competitions are not training. From marksmanship, to hostage rescues, to our obstacle course, you'll find our competition exciting and challenging every year.

We look forward to hosting your team for this event, and hope you enjoy the team building skills and camaraderie our competition offers!

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Hands-on Tech Expo

The Mock Prison Riot is known for bringing technology developers and end-users together under neutral, practical, and realistic circumstances, fostering partnerships that span lifetimes. We welcome technologies that are in development as well as mature technologies and technologies that have the potential to cross over several disciplines in the public safety arena.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Mock Prison Riot, please click the button below for details.

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About the Location

The Mock Prison Riot is held at the decommissioned West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, a small city in Marshall County, West Virginia, and is situated on the Ohio River along State Route 2. The decommissioned West Virginia Penitentiary is a 150-year-old imposing, gothic structure that will absolutely amaze you the first time you see it and every time thereafter. The facility is located on 12 acres in the heart of a residential neighborhood and takes up an entire city block, with on-street Parking all around the facility.

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors whose commitment to public safety helps to make this unique and world-renowned event possible. To see a list of our sponsors or to become a sponsor, Click here.