Protestors rally to release Alabama prison activists from solitary confinement

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HARVEST, Ala. ( — Tears rolled down Dothan Pastor Kenneth Glasgow's face several times Saturday outside Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest.

The founder of The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.) and The Prodigal Child Project joined family members of convicted murderer Robert Earl Council, Jr., also known as Kinetik Justice. The protestors, forced to convene across the street instead of on prison grounds, were demanding Council, Jr. and fellow inmate James Plesant (also known as Dhati Khalid) be released from solitary confinement.

Both men are members of the Free Alabama Movement, a network of incarcerated people who organized a nationwide strike last September to rally against modern-day slavery within the prison system. Protestors on Saturday claimed Council, Jr. and Plesant have been targeted by the Alabama Department of Corrections with "retaliation and repression" for their roles in the cause.

"We came here today to stand in front of, to address the protest, to rally right here in front of Limestone Prison saying that solitary confinement should not be a means of treating people inhumanely and really a means to isolate people," Glasgow said.

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