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The Media is Silent–National Prison Strike

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Why is the media silent about the national #prison strike? For almost four weeks, almost all of the media has ignored the first national inmate strike that started on September 9th. Where are the reports on national television news or the stories in our newspapers and magazines about the inmate’s strike?

The activists in 20 prisons, located in 12 states, have organized the first national inmate strike to combat prison labor conditions. They have called present conditions, “modern-day slavery.” Prisoners are put to work for little to no pay. The pay is often between 12 to 40 cents an hour.

With little or no pay, inmates are confronted with excessive charges for commissary food, high phone call charges, and even unsafe working conditions in some prisons.

In Texas, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia, prisoners work on former pre-Civil War plantations picking cotton while armed correctional officers on horses are the new overseers. Inmates in the four southern states work in garment factories, furniture factories, and in hog–cattle meat packing plants for no compensation. After thire work day is finished, the prisoners are returned to cells without air conditioning where temperatures at times have reached 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Over the last ten years, Texas inmates have died from excessive heat in their cells.. One Texas inmate, Alexander Togonidre, was found dead in his cell with a body temperature of 106 degrees. In 2011, ten Texas inmates died of hyperthermia.

Major corporations have benefited from inmate labor. Starbucks, ATT Wireless, Whole Foods, McDonalds, Shelby Cobra cars, Microsoft, and Eddie Bauer clothing lines have used prison labor for product packaging projects. Third Generation, a clothing distributor, had garments sewn for Victoria’s Secret and JC Penney at a female prison in South Carolina.

Since September 9th, striking inmates, have refused to work, have refused to eat, and some inmates have damaged prison property to protest the slave labor conditions.

Inmates are taking great risks to protest prison conditions. Because of their protest, they face punishments including solitary confinement and increased prison sentences.

Although, our justice system and our prisons have become part of the national debate for the 2016 presidential election, almost all of the media has ignored this national inmate strike—Why?

PrisonPath, at the request of its visitors, will post every week the latest news about Prison America. The United States has the most inmates and prisons in the world. We have 25% of the world’s inmates and only 5% of the world’s population.

By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of prisonpath.com

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8 Responses to The Media is Silent–National Prison Strike

  1. PrisonPath October 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    THE CHANGER Crickets about the inhuman treatment of our fellow human being how can some people sleep at night not well I hope.
    By-Carol

  2. PrisonPath October 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    Subterfuge because the larger system does not reflect what you indicate.
    By-William

  3. PrisonPath October 10, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    For the record I make about 60 cents an hour with a Master’s degree and WITHOUT breaking the law or hurting anyone else. That is, I make about 60 cents an hour once you take out all the money I pay in to the things these inmates get for free! This includes medical care, housing, food (oh, actually I forgot to count that in my budget – so make that less than 60 cents an hour), transportation (oops, I forgot that too), electric, television (I don’t even own one because I can’t afford it)… They are making very good money actually – the state is just paying their bills out of it before giving them what’s left.

    by–Sherri

  4. PrisonPath October 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi There; A rather thought provoking article here and something the public should care about here. Was involved with the Guelph Correctional Centre Riot in Guelph, Ontario Canada. It as in 1989 when I was an Acting Provincial Bailiff for six months on a secondment. I saw what a place looks like after a riot and assisting with the transportation of major players from that riot to a more secure correctional setting. The end of the trip was at Millbrook Correctional Centre. Offenders were handled in a professional manner but care, custody & control was maintained by all of us bailiffs involved in this incident. All of us received a nice thank you from senior management and letters of achievement placed on all of our personnel files. A rather high profile and the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services in my personal opinion learned from this incident. Thank you.

    By-Bob

  5. PrisonPath October 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    Kia Mazyck, MPA This article states ther prisoners suffered from hypothermia (freezing) but you meant hyperthermia (overheating).

  6. PrisonPath October 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Thanks Kia, article corrected.

    By-Bradley Schwartz
    Founder of prisonpath.com

  7. Amy Crews October 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    How can I get in touch with a prisoner in arrendale State prison without writing. Do they have access to a computer?

  8. Greg Miller, MSW, LICSW October 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Come now. Is this really a surprise? We have war going on around the globe, we have terrorism, we have problems with our roads, our schools, our economy, not to mention random acts of violence to punctuate our days and our news. People do not care about people who have broken the law. They care about the fact that these folks are locked away. The general public seems to think that, once a person is locked up, that the offender is locked up forever. We put prisons in rural areas on the outskirts of society. Out of sight, out of mind. It is not the end of the world but you can certainly see it from any prison window. We have thrown these people on the trash heap of society. We have labeled them, as society, as a bunch of pariahs, total outcasts. We take away their identities and replace them with numbers. We call them cases and treat them as commodities to be moved around in the prisons as we see fit. We contract to provide these people for labor in the community to offset the cost of their upkeep. We spend as little as we can get by with medically, nutritionally, and even beds and bedding. If you had to sleep on the mattresses on which they sleep, you would soon develop back problems. Yes, we meet constitutional minimums of care, but we as a society don’t really care. When the offender returns to the community they are still outcasts, still have a nearly impossible time getting a job that will really support them, and if they have committed a particularly heinous crime, they cannot find a place to live because the general public says, “Not in my back yard!” We destroy these people’s self-image and take away any possibility of a life and then we are surprised when mainstream media, let alone the general public does not care about them? I hope we are not really that naïve.

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