[Pnews] Dozens of new contraband videos from inside Alabama prison showing horrible conditions
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Tue Jan 28 13:06:47 EST 2014
Dozens of contraband videos from inside Alabama prison show rodents,
roaches, and unsanitary conditions (videos)
By Madison Underwood | MUnderwood at AL.com
*Videos are here:*
on January 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM
SPRINGVILLE, Alabama -- A prisoner at St. Clair Correctional Facility
has uploaded more than 60 videos in the past three days alleging
unsanitary conditions in Alabama prisons and urging change.
The videos, posted to a YouTube channel called Freealabama Fam
primarily feature one unnamed prisoner who narrates the videos, although
the narrator sometimes interviews other inmates about their
incarceration and conditions at St. Clair. A handful of the videos
appear to be filmed by others.
Inmates are not allowed to have cell phones in Alabama state prison
facilities, so the device used to film and upload the videos is contraband.
The narrator refers to his efforts as the Free Alabama Movement. Videos
began to appear on the YouTube channel in early January
-- seemingly associated with nonviolent protests that occurred at three
Alabama prisons -- but in recent weeks there have been no videos
uploaded until the surge in uploads in the past three days.
The effort is focused on "changing the inhumane, unconstitutional living
conditions that prisoners inside the State of Alabama are forced to live
up under," the narrator says. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVlmst4AgKE>
Two of the videos show rodents killed in traps outside the showers.
"Another day, another dead rat," the narrator says in a video filmed in
December 2013 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNmd_zJ_QTk>. One video
purports to show unsanitary conditions in the kitchen, including an
alleged live rat, but the video quality is much too poor to confirm
those claims. Another video
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mno_zjL7vVk>, which has a slightly
better quality, shows an empty mouse trap outside what the narrator says
is the shower area.
"We're just asking for some humane treatment," the speaker says, after
comparing prison life to that on a plantation (he frequently draws
comparisons between prison conditions and the conditions slaves lived
under in the antebellum South -- at one point he alleges white inmates
on another cell block "have everything you could ask for.").
"You shouldn't have to live in an environment where you have to have a
mouse trap right outside of the shower."
Another video shows rust and peeling paint
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFQK5QwZI20> in a mop closet. Yet
another upload shows roaches climbing the walls in a break area
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_QlkGiMfyw> and a damaged microwave.
"This is where they want us to cook our food at," the narrator says. In
one of the videos, the narrator points out what he says are broken
shower heads <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGL3nXC_hPg>, and decaying
shower walls. In one of the uploads, spider webs
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyO3iPHH_Iw> are the primary concern.
"They got us in these cells stacked on top of each other, and we're
constantly bickering with each other, and it takes our focus off the big
picture of what these people are really doing to us," the narrator says
during an interview with a young inmate he calls Trey D
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83pvA2bMKpQ>. "They make us be violent
and aggressive towards each other, and they keep us seeing that we're
trapped in a hellhole, a slave plantation. Really, they don't really
offer us anything. We've got a TV but there ain't nothing on the TV."
Not all of the videos are meant to be disgusting, but most are meant to
raise concern. A tour of the law library
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT4HEOtOZ4o> shows it is clean and
well-lit, although the speaker complains of a lack of supplies.
Insufficiently clean laundry prompts some to handwash their own clothes
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVlmst4AgKE>, the narrator says.
At one point, the narrator complains that TV is the only entertainment
provided <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHn7G2KJopY>. "They don't
offer dictionaries, they don't offer reading books, they don't offer
newspapers, they don't offer anything that would allow a person to
//"This is a sick environment. It's sick from the bottom to the top,
from the commission on down to the CO1s," the narrator says in one video
(a CO1 is a corrections officer). "These people coming in and seeing
these things, and they're not moved in any kind of way to change it, and
the reason they're not moved is because of the color of our skin. They
look at us and feel like there's nothing wrong with treating /them/ like
that. There's nothing wrong with us sleeping on metal beds or concrete
slabs. There's nothing wrong with us sleeping on busted mattresses with
rats and roaches."
"They feel like this is okay for us. But we know better and we know
The Alabama Department of Corrections did not respond to a request for
comment and more information sent Monday afternoon.
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