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Old 05-30-2018, 02:40 PM
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Exclamation National Prison Strike August 21 - September 8, 2018

Inmates at Lee Correctional Facility are calling for a National Prison Strike August 21-September 8, 2018. From their press release:
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Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation's penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:02 AM
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Post Upcoming #Aug21 Prison Strike

Just some thoughts and predictions about the August 21 National Prison Strike being called by organizations like Jailhouse Lawyers Speak,
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, and other prison reform and abolitionist groups.

Word has already been sent through the various prisons around the country through mailers, letters, and phone calls. While organizations outside the walls have been making banners and leaflets to educate on why the prisoners are striking.


I hope that this can get enough support and steam to make some real changes in our Federal and state policies concerning the conditions of our prisons. Is there a way that we at PT can help folks on the inside with the strike?
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Make sure they are prepared for the disciplinary sanctions that will inevitably follow, along with the hit to parole chances that will also likely come along with the participation.

I would suggest having them stocked on commissary, but since most agency administrators would have expected that, the sanctions will likely include property restrictions, which means all the commissary they have will be sitting on a shelf in a property room for a month or so...
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Make sure they are prepared for the disciplinary sanctions that will inevitably follow, along with the hit to parole chances that will also likely come along with the participation.

I would suggest having them stocked on commissary, but since most agency administrators would have expected that, the sanctions will likely include property restrictions, which means all the commissary they have will be sitting on a shelf in a property room for a month or so...
Thank you for the advice it is really great. The letters we sent out mention that the tactics are suggestions and for those inside should only take the risks if they're willing to face the consequences.
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The whole thing seems kind of lame, honestly. Prisons will just go on a preemptive lockdown for that time.
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And some prisons may also decide to continue the lockdown for months afterwards. Punishments are always hugely disproportionate to the incident, especially when the cause involves any sort of group action by the prisoners.
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South Carolina hasn't lifted the 23-hour lockdown since the deaths at Lee CI occurred in April.

Some have been told it will be over in October but no one on an administrative level will deny the lockdown is indefinite.

When word got around regarding a protest in September 2017, they lockdown the prisons for an entire week to avoid any problems taking place.
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Tell them not to participate in such nonsense.
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I have discussed this with hubby. He says that it is not a good thing. I told him that I would support him with whatever he decided to do, but he needed to think it all out first. As of right now, he is not going to participate. He is trying to come home asap!
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I have discussed this with hubby. He says that it is not a good thing. I told him that I would support him with whatever he decided to do, but he needed to think it all out first. As of right now, he is not going to participate. He is trying to come home asap!
This. I don't mean to rain on the OPs parade, but prison strikes, for the most part, haven't been effective. Yes we can all rattle off the famous few, but the cost of it is too high for the majority of inmates. I guess some could see that as self-serving, but who could blame them? I don't. My husband won't participate. As others have said, he's trying to come home and participation would be an automatic parole denial. Also, strikes were something common in his affiliated days. It's a tactic used by factions who want to press the DOC to do what they want. He can't be associated with that anymore.

Strikes in the free world have a very different connotation than in prison. Make sure your loved ones are fully informed of the consequences, potential backlash, and rate of success before deciding to participate.

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Y'all need to go an read when they did this in Michigan in September 2016....
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Y'all need to go an read when they did this in Michigan in September 2016....
Can you be more specific? A quick search shows a national strike involving several states for similiar reasons as the upcoming strike. Was this part of that movement or a separate event? (links if you can! )
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Mass incarceration in the US would be over real fast people quit working. It worked for psychiatric prisoners.

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In 1973, a federal district court ruled in (Souder v. Brennan) that patients in mental health institutions must be considered employees and paid the minimum wage required by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 whenever they performed any activity that confered an economic benefit on an institution. Following this ruling, insitutional peonage was outlawed as evidenced in the Pennsylvania's Institutional Peonage Abolishment Act of 1973.



Many assume that the advent of modern psychotropic medications was the catalyst for deinstitutionalization in the U.S. However, large numbers of patients began leaving state institutions only after new laws made unpaid patient labor illegal. In other words, when patients no longer worked for free, the economic viability of many state institutions ceased and this led to the closing of many state hospitals. In an ironic twist, patients' unpaid labor had, for decades, helped prop up and support the existence of the very institutions that held them captive. patdeegan.com/Blog/Posts/Lead-Shoes-and-Institutional-peonage

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Here is a clickable link to the source above:

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Can you be more specific? A quick search shows a national strike involving several states for similiar reasons as the upcoming strike. Was this part of that movement or a separate event? (links if you can! )
M friend was in this when it happen. It had to do with the same thing they want to strike on now. Web search michigan prison riots 2016
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M friend was in this when it happen. It had to do with the same thing they want to strike on now. Web search michigan prison riots 2016
I did and most of the articles were related to a strike across several states, but I thought maybe you had a specific case to discuss regarding Michigan.
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97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases end in plea bargains, with defendants pleading guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence.


If you really wanted to hit the prison industrial complex with a death blow you need to start a plea bargain strike. Even if it was only by people with BS misdemeanors risking very little time that would be enough to overwhelm the whole machine.
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I am an avacate for the inmates here in South Carolina..I have been doing everything possible to try to help everyone hear their voices ..last week there was a fire started in one of the prisons ..the inmates are frustrated and feel like they are being punished for what happened at Lee Prison. I don't know if this strike will help any of them it seems like once the limelight is over with everyone forgets what is happening to them.No showers for up to 15 days at a time..the food not fit for human consumption and no ventilation in the cells .this has been on going..
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