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Activists protest prison conditions in front of Central Prison

Posted December 17, 2010 2:20 p.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2010 2:23 p.m. EST

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— About a dozen social justice activists from the Triangle gathered in front of Central Prison in Raleigh Friday to protest prison conditions. 

The activists said they want to support Georgia prison strikers, who are demanding that prisoners get a living wage for work, decent health care, decent living conditions and educational opportunities.

For nearly a week, hundreds of prisoners in at least six Georgia prisons have refused to work, leave their cells and, in some instances, eat.

Friday's protesters carried signs saying, "Free all prisoners. Jail all cops," "Prisons – America's Finest Plantations" and "Love for all Prison Rebels."

"The inmates were striking to demand payment for their labor, decrease costs for phone calls and stamps, demand access to education, access to programs that curb substance abuse, an end to cruel and unusual punishment and other improvements to the physical conditions of prisoners' lives," the Triangle group said in a statement. 

The group describes itself as a coalition of individuals and members of Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective, Raleigh FIST, Bull City Insurgent and Internationalist Books and Community Center.