On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in
Windsor, Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh.
Targeting a wide range of conditions related but not exclusive to
solitary confinement, the prisoners have vowed not to eat until their
demands are met.
Prisoners have encouraged supporters to call or fax the administrations
of these different facilities as well as Director Robert Lewis (see
information below), to “march or protest in front of Central Prison and
others,” “boycott all products being sold in these prisons,” and to
“contact media outlets and let them know what we are doing.”
The prisoners have listed the following demands (listed at the bottom),
though they are also encouraging others to include any other grievances
specific to their conditions. It is still unclear how many prisoners are
currently participating, but correspondence with those on the inside has
made it clear that the strike has spread to three at least three different facilities.
Constant attention and pressure on administrations can help make this
strike a success, and protect those who are putting their lives on the
line. Prisoners have asked folks on the outside to call everyday to check
on fasting prisoners and pressure administration. You can contact
Robert C. Lewis, Director of Prisons
Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter
Bertie CI Warden Renoice Stancil
Scotland CI Warden Sorrell Saunders
Phone: (910) 844-3078
Fax: (910) 844-3786
Law Libraries. We are tired of being railroaded by the courts, and
having our rights violated by prison staff and officers. NC Prison
Legal Services are inadequate and oftentimes do not help us at all. A
law library is needed to enable us to legally defend ourselves.
An immediate end to the physical and mental abuse inflicted by officers.
Improve food, in terms of quality and quantity.
A better way to communicate emergencies from cells; many emergency
call buttons are broken and never replaced, and guards often do not
show up for over an hour. At least one prisoner has died this way.
The canteens that serve lock up units need to make available vitamins and personal hygiene items.
An immediate stop to officers’ tampering or throwing away prisoners’ mail.
Education programs for prisoners on lock-up.
The immediate release of prisoners from solitary who have been held
unjustly or for years without infractions; this includes the Strong 8,
sent to solitary for the purpose of political intimidation.
The immediate end to the use of restraints as a form of torture.
The end of cell restriction. Sometimes prisoners are locked in their
cell for weeks or more than a month, unable to come out for showers
The theft of prisoners’ property, including mattresses and clothes.
When on property restriction, we are forced to sleep on the ground or
steel bed frames naked, with no bedding.
Medical privacy and confidentiality. Guards should not be able to
listen in on our medical problems when on sick call.
Change our cell windows to ones which we can see through. The
current windows are covered with feces and grime. Not being able to see
out is sensory deprivation, and makes us feel dissociated from
everything that exists outside of prison.
An immediate repair of cell lights, sinks, toilets, and plumbing.
Toilet brushes should be handed out with cell cleaning items.
The levels of I-Con, M-Con, and H-Con need to be done away with
altogether. When one is placed on Intensive Control Status (I-Con),
one is placed in the hole for six months and told to stay out of
trouble. But even when we stay out of trouble, we are called back to
the FCC and DCC only to be told to do another six months in the hole,
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