Inmates hold 'peaceful' protests at three Alabama prisons - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Inmates hold 'peaceful' protests at three Alabama prisons

St. Clair County Correctional Facility. Source: WBRC video St. Clair County Correctional Facility. Source: WBRC video

As of Monday, three different state prisons are dealing with an inmate strike.

The protest started last Wednesday at the Holman Correctional Facility, then spread to the St. Clair Correctional Facility over the weekend, and Elmore Correction Facility on Monday morning.

FOX6 News learned about the strike when viewers contacted the station after visitation at the St. Clair Facility was canceled Saturday. One woman, who did not wish to be identified, tells FOX6 News she was getting ready to visit her fiancé, an inmate at St. Clair, Saturday morning when she got the call.

"My fiancé called me and told me not to come because they were protesting," she explained.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), a group of inmates went on strike and sparked the cancellation.

"They have refused to work," explained Brian Corbett, the Public Information Manager for ADOC.

He says some inmates who work within the prison without pay are protesting for compensation and over living conditions.

The viewer who contacted FOX6 News says she's not surprised about the strike based on the conditions her finance often describes to her.

"Broken showers, exposed wires, insects, and mice," she added.

Inmates are also protesting against the parole system, which is out of the control of ADOC. But, Corbett says there is one issue both sides seem to agree on: the overcrowding in state facilities needs to be fixed.

"Along those lines we kind of want the same thing. But how we get there is another story and I wouldn't say that work stoppage at the prison level is a means to that end," added Corbett.

He says the prisons are still fully operational even with what he calls small groups of inmates refusing to work. He also says the protests have been peaceful.

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