Inmates in the St. Claire correctional facility in Alabama to go on strike.

Alabama inmates in the St. Claire correctional facility are striking their free labor (examples: Chemical and Licensing, laundry, and furniture production) due to the prison system resembling something closer to “running a slave empire” in the prisoners words. This disgusting shift within the prison system of not only having incredibly cheap labor to predominately free labor in the south, but as well their being discussions present within the state legislatures of outsourcing prison labor to private businesses and talk of prison labor in the use of agricultural centers rather than migrant labor. Prison conditions as Salon reports here are described as “hellholes” and that the prisons themselves are waging a war of pressure against organizers of the Free Alabama Movement where prisoners are quite aware that these institutions are made purely to exploit their labor and “to destroy men”. However the Free Alabama Movement is fighting back and in their own words:

“We decided that the only weapon or strategy … that we have is our labor, because that’s the only reason that we’re here,” said Melvin Ray, an inmate at the St. Clair correctional facility and founder of the prison-based group Free Alabama Movement. “They’re incarcerating people for the free labor.” Spokespeople for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and his Department of Corrections did not respond to midday inquiries Thursday. Jobs done by inmates include kitchen and laundry work, chemical and license plate production, and furniture-making. In 2011, Alabama’s Department of Agriculture reportedly discussed using inmates to replace immigrants for agricultural work; in 2012, the state Senate passed a bill to let private businesses employ prison labor.”

Originally reported and researched: Salon – Exclusive: Inmates to strike in Alabama, declare prison is “running a slave empire” by Josh Eidelson 

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