Striking Alabama prisoners receiving only 2 daily meals

9/29/2022 5:20:00 AM

The inmate strike, a protest to prison conditions, is in its third day.

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A work stoppage by inmates in Alabama prisons to protest for better conditions has moved into its third day and is resulting in fewer meals for inmates.

The inmate strike, a protest to prison conditions, is in its third day.

A work stoppage by inmates in Alabama prisons to protest for better conditions has moved into its third day and is resulting in fewer meals for inmates.Some claimed the cutback to two meals a day was in retaliation for the strike. The Alabama Department of Corrections said that was not the case.

The strike started Mondayin conjunction with a rally where organizers called for sentencing and parole reforms in Alabama’s system, which the U.S. Department of Justice said incarcerates men in violent conditions that violate the Constitution.Relatives and friends of inmates have reported since Monday that prisons were not serving hot meals and that prisoners were receiving no lunch.

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Ivana Hrynkiw | ihrynkiw@al.Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — Alabama inmates are in their second day of a work strike, refusing to labor in prison kitchens, laundries and factories to protest conditions in the state’s overcrowded, understaffed lock-ups.MICHELLE MANN Chad and Kendra Webster, owners of the Boll Weevil Soap Company, were surrounded by city and civic leaders, fellow retailers, family, and friends as they accepted the Gold Retailers of the Year in the less than $1 million award from Alabama Retail Association officers."The DOJ's intervention has done nothing to shift conditions inside Alabama prisons," said one supporter.

com A work stoppage by inmates in Alabama prisons to protest for better conditions has moved into its third day and is resulting in fewer meals for inmates. Some claimed the cutback to two meals a day was in retaliation for the strike. The Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed the work stoppage was “still active in most male facilities. The Alabama Department of Corrections said that was not the case. “You are truly judged by your peers,” Brown told the Websters. The strike started Monday in conjunction with a rally where organizers called for sentencing and parole reforms in Alabama’s system, which the U.” Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.S. The work stoppage began Monday after about three months of planning and organizing by inmates, with help from groups including Alabama Prison Advocacy and Incarcerated Families United.

Department of Justice said incarcerates men in violent conditions that violate the Constitution. Most Read. “They worked hard to increase awareness that the best way to fight the pandemic is a good old-fashioned hand washing, just like the Center for Disease Control—and your grandmother—have always recommended,” Brown said. Relatives and friends of inmates have reported since Monday that prisons were not serving hot meals and that prisoners were receiving no lunch. On social media, people claiming to be inmates at ADOC’s St. Clair and Staton prisons posted photos of trays containing a scoop of peanut butter, two slices of bread, and a few pieces of fruit.” “What the judges particularly liked about the Boll Weevil Soap Company is the uniqueness of the products that are made and sold, and that the Websters are ‘all-in’ for Enterprise,” she said. At another facility, men posted photos of trays with a single slice of cheese and a scoop of grits. The state's Republican leaders plan to build two more prisons, but Caldwell The New York Times that the state"can't build themselves out of the crisis that's going on in the prison system.

“They are trying to starve us our at Staton,” one posted. The kitchen at William C. “And Kendra is all about quality control. Holman Correctional Facility mostly closed after the prison partially shut down in 2020, leaving inmates at the facility receiving meals from nearby G.K. Fountain Correctional Facility. In the Websters’ five years of ownership, Boll Weevil Soap Company has relocated to downtown Enterprise and has tripled its sales, Dennis said."They remain incredibly unsafe, inhumane, and exploitative.

Many inmates there are unhappy that their meals are affected by striking workers at a separate prison. Most inmates have only received peanut butter or bologna sandwiches, hot dogs, or bread slices since Monday, according to attorneys and videos posted on TikTok by people claiming to be inmates at ADOC facilities. The Alabama Department of Corrections, responding to questions about the strike today, said the cutback was logistical, not retaliatory.” Chad Webster, who said his wife refers to him as a “volunteeraholic,” is the founding chairman of Enterprise Main Street program, on the executive board of the Downton Enterprise Business Association, and has served as a chamber of commerce director. The ADOC said the strike is continuing in varying degrees at most of the state’s major prisons. Alabama has 13 prisons for men and one for women. "A huge salute to the incarcerated folks in Alabama striking against slave labor," the Woods Foundation, which works to end the death penalty and exonerate wrongfully convicted people.

The ADOC said inmates were on a “holiday schedule” that provides just two meals a day. “They embody what it means to be an entrepreneur. “All facilities remain operational,” the ADOC said. “However, these work stoppages have affected food services given that inmate workers make up a large part of the facility support workforce. Facilities have been on a holiday meal schedule since Monday. “The Websters’ daughter makes candles for the family-owned business. This schedule allows for two meals instead of three.

This is not a retaliatory measure but logistically necessary to ensure that other critical services are being provided. “Once the work stoppages end, facilities will once again be able to provide regular meal service. “I am the only man who works here and these girls keep me straight,” he said. ADOC is hopeful that regular meal service can be restored as soon as possible.” The ADOC also said “controlled movement and other security measures have been deployed to maintain a secure environment. The ADOC does not comment on specific security procedures due to the safety of the inmates, our staff, and the public. “But more humbling than the award is the fact that people come through that door and spend money with us every day.

” “Some programming, including Ingram State Technical College classes, have been limited but most have not been affected because most programs have their own staff,” the ADOC said. “It is common practice in prisons nationwide to utilize inmate workers to help provide various critical services like food service, laundry, etc.” Diyawn Caldwell, founder of the advocacy group Both Sides of the Wall and a strike organizer, said it is ADOC’s responsibility to feed inmates three times a day regardless of whether the inmates are striking.” Tags Be the first to know Get local news delivered to your inbox!. “Their regulations say they’re supposed to be fed three times a day, two being hot meals,” Caldwell said. “And due to their shortage of staffing, they’re feeding them on the holiday schedule.

Which shouldn’t be the burden of the inmates. It’s the burden of the staff because it’s their responsibility to make sure that the inmates are fed.” Caldwell spoke at Monday’s rally outside the ADOC offices in Montgomery. Family members of inmates said they feared for their loved ones in an environment the DOJ said was plagued with assaults, sexual abuse, weapons, drugs, and excessive force by correctional officers. The state has acknowledged problems but has denied the DOJ claims that conditions .