Saturday, January 08, 2011
Concerned Coalition for Prisoners Rights Press Conf 2011-01-06
Prisoner Rights in Georgia
You wouldn't know it if you only read the corporate media, but Georgia prison inmates recently went on a work strike to protest lack of medical care, abuse, and slave labor.
The United States has more of its population behind bars than any other country on earth, and the worst punishments are meted out to black people. We have The New Jim Crow and it has been privatized. Prisoners are just another commodity, cogs in the system's wheel. New York State is no different. Women at the Bedford Hills prison work for the Department of Motor Vehicles and can make up to $1.14. Up to? That means some make even less.
Mass incarceration is one of the worst injustices taking place in this country. Please pay attention to this story and spread the word as much as possible.