Inmates Where Troy Davis Was Executed Engaged in Massive Hunger Strike
It appears that the prison inmates at the Jackson State Correctional Facility have staged a hunger strike. Inmates are being locked down and those believed to be leaders of the protest are being punished by authorities. Accounts from inmates families report that the prisoners are being left without medical attention and are weak from hunger. But they continue to fight on for access to better conditions for themselves and their fellow inmates.
Congressional testimony has been taking place recently which focuses on torture in America’s prison facilities. One man says that he saw another prisoner eat his own eye after going insane from solitary confinement. Black Agenda Report tells more:
State corrections say they rounded up 37 whom they believed were the strike leaders and put them under close confinement at Jackson, the same prison where Troy Davis was executed last year. Most of these prisoners have remained there in close confinement, with severely restricted access to visits, communication and their attorneys, and without medical attention for the past 18 months.
Some of these men are the Jackson State prison hunger strikers. After two weeks, according to the families of Miguel Jackson and Preston Whiting, they are weak from hunger and subject to fainting spells. But they seem to believe they have little to lose. They are, a letter from one of them asserts, “starving for change.” There were originally ten of them, but some may have been transferred out, and some other prisoners joined the strike. We hope to have clearer information tomorrow.
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