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    Inmates strike in prisons nationwide over 'slave labor' working conditions

    Inmates strike in prisons nationwide over 'slave labor' working conditions

    Organizing groups say coordinated strikes are under way in at least four states in stance against poor sanitary conditions and jobs that amount to forced labor

    A nationwide prison strike over conditions and wages behind bars, which organizers tipped to be the biggest of its kind in US history, was under way in at least several correctional facilities across the country on Friday, according to prison rights advocates.

    Inmates from several states, who had bound together with the help of activists and organizing groups, aimed the national strikes – which had been in the making for several months – against what they said amounted to slave labor conditions amid mass incarceration in the country.

    The coordinated events, which organizers targeted in as many as 24 states, occurred on the 45th anniversary of the riots at Attica prison in New York – the largest prison uprising in American history – over grievances today’s protesters say are similar, including poor sanitary conditions and prison jobs that amount to forced labor.
    “Work is good for anyone,” Melvin Ray, who is incarcerated at the WE Donaldson correctional facility in Bessemer, Alabama, told Mother Jones on Friday. “The problem is that our work is producing services that we’re being charged for, that we don’t get any compensation from.”

    Ray is a member of the group called the Free Alabama Movement, which has been instrumental in leading the strike efforts, along with other groups formed with the help of incarcerated individuals such as the Free Ohio Movement, the Free Mississippi Movement and the End Prison Slavery in Texas movement.
    JMO I don't see this ending well but one can hope.

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    Downtown protest tonight supports nationwide prison strike

    Standing in solidarity with the striking prisoners, some in Detroit are gathering downtown tonight for their own protest.

    The site for that protest in Detroit will be around the “Fail Jail” which lies uncompleted by Wayne County after cost overruns. A flier for the event urged protestors to bring drums, pots, pans, whistles, and other noisemakers to help pound out the message: “No new jail, no old jail.”
    And though the strike organizers have chosen to highlight the way prison labor is exploited, substandard food is something the organizers of today’s protest are vocal about, as in this video of moldy food from the Free Alabama Movement.

    For those who don’t know what the Attica Uprising was, it was an uprising at a prison in New York state that, however briefly, won the sympathy of many people. There’s a current book out about it by former U-M professor Heather Ann Thompson that has received excellent reviews in The New York Times, and even occasioned an article on how important reforms were never instituted. In fact, the paper let Thompson write an opinion piece on the injustice that lingers over U.S. prisons today.

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    The US could see one of the largest prison strikes in national history

    Prisons around the U.S. might see one of the largest inmate strikes ever in the nation's history.

    Prisoners in correctional facilities across the country released a call-to-action letter, which they say aims to "end slavery in America."

    What those prisoners are referring to is the forced labor required in many U.S. detention centers. The letter argues prisoners often receive little to no pay and can be punished for noncompliance.

    It reads, in part, "They may have replaced the whip with pepper spray, but many of the other torments remain: isolation, restraint positions, stripping off our clothes and investigating our bodies as though we are animals."

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    I don't agree with being treated horrendously,but why would they get paid while in prison?

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    Quote Originally Posted by human View Post
    I don't agree with being treated horrendously,but why would they get paid while in prison?
    I don't know why they get paid but my guess would be companies aren't allowed to profit from someone working for free and being forced to work isn't part of anyone's sentence.

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    Oh Boo Hoo, the convicts don't get paid....too bad so sad.

    Maybe they should have a union and get paid vacations and pensions when they 'retire' from their prison jobs...
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    WE pay for their living expenses, housing, food, medical needs, education, while they are incarcerated. Their own actions put them where they are. So why shouldn't they be put to work with little pay while they do their time?
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    Oh Boo Hoo, the convicts don't get paid....too bad so sad.

    Maybe they should have a union and get paid vacations and pensions when they 'retire' from their prison jobs...
    Have you never heard of the Attica Prison riots? Forty-three people - including a guard - died during the riots. Now imagine that happening at prisons all over the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    Oh Boo Hoo, the convicts don't get paid....too bad so sad.

    Maybe they should have a union and get paid vacations and pensions when they 'retire' from their prison jobs...
    Massacre at Attica Prison

    The four-day revolt at the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, ends when hundreds of state police officers storm the complex in a hail of gunfire. Thirty-nine people were killed in the disastrous assault, including 29 prisoners and 10 prison guards and employees held hostage since the outset of the ordeal.

    On September 9, prisoners rioted and seized control of the overcrowded state prison. One prison guard was fatally beaten. Later that day, state police retook most of the prison, but 1,281 convicts occupied an exercise field called D Yard, where they held 39 prison guards and employees hostage for four days. After negotiations stalled, New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller ordered the state police to regain control of the prison by force.
    BBM

    The way things are in prisons now I doubt something so big and scary would happen but I don't think it's something that can be dismissed with a "boo hoo." Inmates aren't the only ones who are injured or die during riots.
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    Double post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    WE pay for their living expenses, housing, food, medical needs, education, while they are incarcerated. Their own actions put them where they are. So why shouldn't they be put to work with little pay while they do their time?
    Damn rights they should be put to work! I see no problem with making prison life suck. It should suck. And for the worse criminals, the violent ones, the murderers and rapists and child molesters it should suck even more.

    Having said that, there are too many in American prisons that should not be there. There are literally thousands in the American prison system doing years and sometimes decades on what I would consider minor drug offences. Free those ones and make the despicable ones suffer a little. JMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    WE pay for their living expenses, housing, food, medical needs, education, while they are incarcerated. Their own actions put them where they are. So why shouldn't they be put to work with little pay while they do their time?
    Thanks katydid......you took the words right outta my head............
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    I think they should work and pay restitution for whatever they were convicted of instead of letting their pay go into their personal canteen fund.
    My opinion only, unless referenced or supported by a link. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolJ View Post
    Damn rights they should be put to work! I see no problem with making prison life suck. It should suck. And for the worse criminals, the violent ones, the murderers and rapists and child molesters it should suck even more.

    Having said that, there are too many in American prisons that should not be there. There are literally thousands in the American prison system doing years and sometimes decades on what I would consider minor drug offences. Free those ones and make the despicable ones suffer a little. JMO
    I agree with everything you said.

    Being the anniversary of Attica makes me a little jumpy. I'm not too worried anything is going to get out of control and I doubt the prisoners are going to have their demands met but I would hate to see this turn violent.

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