Convicts go on 'strike' to protest 'modern day slavery'

Convicts in prisons around the country say they have gone on "strike" for two weeks to protest living conditions and what they are referring to as "modern day slavery." The demonstrations will last until September 9, which is the anniversary of the bloody inmate riot at Attica prison in New York that resulted in 40 deaths. The Hill: Prisoners who are leading the protests say the strike has the goal of ending what they call "modern day slavery," according to USA Today.  The newspaper notes that inmates have lamented that they get paid pennies on the dollar for their labor.  The protests are being led by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, which is a network of prisoner rights advocates.  The network is based in Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina and is supported by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). In addition to ending "modern day slavery," IWOC has a list of 10...(Read Full Post)