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Inmates go on strike across country to protest ‘slavery’ in prisons

African American in Prison Photo source: Shutterstock)

African American in Prison Photo source: Shutterstock)

Prison inmates today are protesting conditions in the nation’s prison system that amount to modern slavery. Friday was chosen because it is the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot that occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York in 1971. During that riot, approximately 1K inmates seized the prison and held 42 guards hostage over conditions. When the uprising was over, at least 43 people were dead, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates.

Today, prisoners are complaining about many of the same things including low wages for prison labor that is also used for many major American companies. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Free Alabama Movement, Free Ohio Movement, and Free Mississippi Movement have helped to coordinate the protests, which have also been endorsed by the National Lawyers Guild.

According to the WOC, “This is a call to end slavery in America. This call goes directly to the slaves themselves. We are not making demands or requests of our captors, we are calling ourselves to action. To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across this land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the plantation fields, to go on strike and cease reproducing the institutions of your confinement… They cannot run these facilities without us.”

Prisoners in many states work for under a dollar per hour doing many tasks and in states such as Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas, get no pay at all. The strike will be carried on by thousands of workers in 25 states. The complaints of prisoners include issues over water in state facilities that contain arsenic, moldy or spoiled food, guard abuse, and solitary confinement as a form of retaliation. There has been an increase in work stoppages by prisoners across the country, especially with the rise of privatized prisons.


  1. britishrose on September 9, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    well hell why lock them up for retaliation for horrific crimes? if we cant treat them like shit duhh . .prison need to stfu all those condition is due to their freedom gone they want privelege stay your worthless ass on the street murdering folk , torchering , drug dealing killing random is ground for them to be treated like shi.t not priveleged … prison means NO PRIVELEGE their real anger is due to dirty correction officer who can have u killed are placed in a dark room for not doing illegal shit guards need better training …and shorter shifts so they dont get invoved with in mate it a know fact guards are the ones who smuggle drugs cigareetts and illegal items in the prison visiters have no contact with then female guards in a male prison need to be aboloished now , females should not guard males too dangerous excuses ! scare tactic a lot of them

  2. Brianna25368 on September 10, 2016 at 7:16 am

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  3. Robert Slackware on September 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    45 years and they STILL don’t have a body count for attica. and these are the idiots you want counting your ballots?

    Pick 5 from each prison, string them up, and whip them till they agree prison is NOT slavery. They volunteered for it by breaking the law.
    Just like the slaves fighting for the colonists, they serve for a time set by a judge they get set free.