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Prison Strike Spreads in Alabama as Incarcerated Individuals Demand DOJ Protect Their Human Rights

After a week of striking, Jared Ware shares how prison authorities have tried to thwart inmates' protests.
Photo of Jared Ware.

By Kevin Gosztola / The Dissenter

Jared Ware, journalist and co-host of the “Millennials Are Killing Capitalism” podcast, appears on “Unauthorized Disclosure” to discuss a major prison strike unfolding in state facilities throughout Alabama.

We begin with an overview of the strike, which was on its fifth day when the interview was recorded. Jared describes why the work stoppages were organized now and what the response of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) has been to the organized prisoners.

Jared outlines the demands of prisoners, including a call to release prisoners who should be eligible for parole but have been denied.

Prison authorities are trying several tactics to break the strike. Meals have been degrading. Lead organizers have been assaulted and thrown in solitary. Prisoners have been moved between facilities to act as scabs and help authorities break the strike. Visitations have been canceled for the weekend.

Yet the strike has pushed onward, and you can follow updates on Twitter from Jared @jaybeware.

Kevin Gosztola
Kevin Gosztola

Managing editor of Shadowproof, host of the “Dissenter Weekly,” co-host of the podcast “Unauthorized Disclosure,” and member of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

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