Death and Taxes is reporting that inmates in 10 Georgia prisons — Baldwin, Hancock, Hays, Macon, Smith and Telfair State Prisons, to name a few — went on strike last Thursday to protest their treatment and demand their human rights. The inmates went on strike to protest deteriorating conditions, including substandard medical care and working without pay. Inmates used cell phones to contact inmates from other prisons to organize the nonviolent strike. Prisoner demands included a living wage, educational opportunities, an end to cruel and unusual punishments, access to families, decent living conditions, decent health care, vocational and self-improvement opportunities, and nutritious meals. Prisoners point to the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery, as a reason for the strike.
They should read a little further, because it outlaws slavery everywhere in the United States except for the prison system, which is why they can treat you like a slave — deprive you of health care, make it impossible to access your family, feed you whatever they want, house you in inhumane conditions, and make you work literally like a field slave for no money instead of using said money to help the families of the victims of crimes committed by prisoners or their children. What’s almost as interesting is the limited news coverage given to the strike, which is the largest in the history of the United States. That’s something to make you go hmmmm.
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