UPDATE: Ala. Inmates Use Cellphones to Post Protest Videos

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

UPDATE: January 7, 2014, 3:00PM, MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Department of Corrections officials say inmates who are protesting at state facilities have also been using contraband cellphones to post interviews about prison conditions on the Internet.

Reports say, corrections spokesman Brian Corbett says that inmates involved in the videos could face disciplinary action.

Inmates have been protesting about facility conditions, overcrowding, parole policies, not being paid for prison jobs and more.

Prisoners in state facilities are not allowed to have cellphones.
UPDATE: January 6, 2014, 2:53PM, MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Dothan minister who works with Alabama inmates says nonviolent protests have spread to other prisons.

The Rev. Kenneth Glasgow, executive director of The Ordinary People Society, said Monday the protests began Jan. 1 at St. Clair and Holman correctional facilities and now include Elmore and Donaldson prisons. He says some prisoners in the institutions are refusing to do their assigned jobs because of concerns about unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, and small pay.

Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett says Holman had fewer protesters Monday, with eight refusing to work in the tag plant.
Four inmates refused to work in the laundry at Elmore. No inmates were working at St. Clair but that was because of an inmate stabbing rather than a protest. He said there was no report of protests at Donaldson.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Inmates at two Alabama prisons are protesting over pay and other issues, prompting correction officials to restrict inmate movement at one prison.

Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said Saturday that the protests at the St. Clair and Holman correctional facilities have been peaceful. Prisoner movement has been restricted at the St. Clair prison.

Since New Year's Day, at least some prisoners have refused to work in kitchen and laundry areas and perform other jobs. Corbett said some prisoners want pay for their work. Prisoners have also voiced concerns about the court system.

Pastor Kenneth Glasgow said he has received phones calls and emails from several dozen family members of inmates involved in the protest. He said that besides pay, the prisoners are also protesting overcrowding and sanitation issues.

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