America’s Slave Empire | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

America’s Slave Empire

Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement have spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement. Authorities, unnerved by the protests that engulfed three prisons in the state, as well as by videos and pictures of abusive conditions smuggled out by the movement, say the men will remain in solitary confinement indefinitely.

The prison strike leaders are denied televisions and reading material. They spend at least three days a week, sometimes longer, in their tiny isolation cells. They eat their meals while seated on steel toilets. They are allowed to shower only once every two days despite temperatures that routinely rise above 90 degrees.

The men have become symbols of a growing resistance movement inside American prisons. The prisoners’ work stoppages and refusal to co-operate with authorities in Alabama are modeled on actions that shook the Georgia prison system in December 2010. The strike leaders argue that this is the only mechanism left to the 2.3 million prisoners across America. By refusing to work—a tactic that would force prison authorities to hire compensated labor or to induce the prisoners to return to their jobs by paying a fair wage—the neoslavery that defines the prison system can be broken.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is great for the companies making zigableems of money off this forced slave labor, or the private prison corporations, but lousy for the people inside the system.

It is particularly galling to me to understand that there are some countries - notably, Sweden - which are CLOSING their prisons because of the broad embrace of rehabilitation and community based efforts to insure that recidivism doesn't happen.

Folks, I am NOT soft on crime; I am just hard on the stupidity which prevents a more enlightened approach to a penal system in this country, which has, absolutely and completely, been engineered to fail.

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