Inmates for change in the justice system
It’s no secret that some countries oversees actually use jail as an opportunity to reform and teach inmates how to be respectable citizens. Inmates across America do not get these treatments and they want the world to know with this new strike.
Prisoners nationwide have gone on strike in hopes to get their demands met. According to IncarceratedWorkers.org, the strike launched after a riot at a South Carolina prison in which seven inmates lost their lives. They have ten protest demands according to the website.
- Improvements to prison conditions and policies that enforce the humanity of women and men
- An end to prison slavery
- Removal of The Prison Litigation Reform Act so inmates can express concerns about human rights violations
- The removal of the Truth in Sentencing and the Sentencing Reform Acts so that all inmates have the opportunity for parole
- A halt to racial over-sentencing for minorities
- An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans
- No more denying a prisoner access to proper rehab channels because of the crime they committed
- Funds should go to state prisons for more rehab opportunities
- Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
- The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.
Inmates are fighting and protesting because of the inhumane conditions they are living in and they want to be treated like humans so they are able to get the help they need and want. Inmates work “jobs” for a few cents and if they are going to be working hard, one of their demands is to pay them fairly for the work they do.
According to a statement released by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a group of advocates for inmate human rights, “Pre-emptive repression tactics have already been initiated to silence visible prisoners that have influence who have vocally supported the August 21st call,” There has already been backlash and repercussions for the ordeal.
The release continued, “Why is this so important to us? Fundamentally, it’s a human rights issue. Prisoners understand they are being treated as animals. We know that our conditions are causing physical harm and deaths that could be avoided if prison policy makers actually gave a damn. Prisons in America are a war zone. Every day prisoners are harmed due to conditions of confinement. For some of us it’s as if we are already dead. So what do we have to lose?”
“Do not expect to see major coverage of our strike on the mainstream media. Definitely do not expect any prison officials to give you accurate or updated information. It’s their jobs to make it all seem like a normal day of operations. The only time they will report an uprising is when it’s full-blown beyond their control. At that point they will label it a riot. Prisoners will have to sneak out updates. For those of you with these updates, please share with others.”
The country-wide strike will continue from Aug 21- Sept 9.