Anyone relying on mainstream media wouldn’t know it, but the US prison system is shaking up right now. No one knows how big the initial strike was yet, but the information is slowly leaking out between the cracks in the prisons’ machinery of obscurity and isolation. Here are some speculative numbers we can share with confidence at this time:
Prisoners at South Carolina’s Turbeville Correctional Institution are still causing work stoppages, with strikes re-erupting after an inmate was stabbed to death Monday. Striking inmates were denied visits, recreation and purchases at the prison store, tweeted Delete Your Account, a political podcast hosted by activists.
In Alabama’s Holman prison, guards joined in the protest and collectively didn’t show up to work on Saturday.