Inmates in prisons in as many as 24 states and 40 facilities are refusing to go to work to protest what many believe is “modern-day slavery” and calling for reforms in the US prison system.
The strike comes on the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, when inmates in the notorious New York correctional facility revolted and demanded better living conditions. But many of the reforms demanded during the Attica protest still remain among the demands of the prisoners today.
Organisers with the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee and the prisoner-run Free Alabama Movement have helped prisoners band together to decry the state of labour in prison – for which inmates make only 12 to 40 cents hourly, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Read more