Georgia Prison Protest

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

For those of you who haven’t heard, Georgia Prisons are currently undergoing the largest prison protest in U.S. history.

Before you go arguing that prisoners do not deserve anything, please remember their living conditions both inside and outside the prisons. Right now, they have few educational opportunities, and can only get a GED or become Baptist ministers. They are not allowed special prayer groups. The system makes money off the prisoners, in the case of Tel-Link, which charges families fifty-five dollars per month to make a weekly fifteen minute phone call.

After serving as mostly unpaid labor, if they are released, they are given only twenty-five dollars and a bus ticket. Prisoners are legally excluded from Pell Grants and other educational opportunities once they leave the system. Georgia has the largest prisoner-to-inmate ratio in the nation, with one in thirteen citizens somehow in the prison industrial complex. Forty percent of those in the Georgia prison system are there for non-violent offenses, often the victims of our lack of social services. Sixty three percent of Georgian inmates are African American. Despite this, the protest has included members of all races and cooperation between different religious organizations within the system.

Most importantly, the prisoners of this protest have worked hard to use nonviolent tactics during their protest. They have chosen to screen their cells off using blankets. Please support these prisoners in their time of need, calling the Georgia Prisons to voice your concerns.

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