Hunger strike declared at North Carolina’s Scotland Prison for July 31

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UPDATE from a hunger striker

Aug. 11, 2019 – Komrade means more than a friend; it’s a title given to one who struggles with you and makes sacrifices to assure their komrade knows they have a komrade.

So thank you, Komrades, all of you who took the time to shine a strobe light on the inhumane living conditions myself and others were being subjected to. When unconscious prisoners see that there are people who care about us, their morale and desire to join the struggle reach unforeseen heights.

Love and solidarity was what motivated you all and know we are grateful for all the time and energy that was put in to let these miscreants know that we have people who love us despite our flaws. When outside support is shown, these miscreants think twice before they move on us.

We knew there would be reprisals and I was the victim of them, but I gladly take them with pride knowing that my fellow prisoner can enjoy exercise outside his cell five days a week and be offered a phone call every 90 days.

Since the calls were made, Capt. Henderson has been in the process of addressing our complaints. She let it be known that it wouldn’t be done overnight, but the recreation was rectified immediately.

We’re still waiting to hear from her on the phone calls, which must be provided once every 90 days. They are obviously not complying with their own policies and procedures. This negligence on behalf of the prison staff is nothing new and there’s still a mile to walk but with the support of y’all on the outside, we don’t have to walk the mile alone.

Revolutionary Love,

Fellow Komrade Hunger Striker held captive by the state at Scotland Correctional Institution

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A hunger strike is due to start at Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg, N.C., on July 31, 2019.

Grievances filed and notaries requested for legal actions protesting the conditions of confinement at this razor-wire plantation are being ignored consistently. Many of these grievances have revolved around Scotland denying those held captive their recreation time.

In response, Scotland’s staff claim that recreation is “canceled” – despite Chapter C, Section 1206 (B) of the North Carolina Department of Corrections (NCDOC) Policy and Procedures* stating that those on restrictive housing shall be allowed recreation outside of the cell five days out of the week for one hour a day. Scotland is in violation and causing severe harm to all of those who are forced to be confined to a small cell 24/7.

Furthermore, Scotland’s so-called medical staff conduct what is called a “seg check” at 1-2 a.m. every night when everyone is asleep. This seg check involves banging on everyone’s window disrupting their sleep and startling them.

Call 910-844-3078 and ask to speak to Capt. Henderson and Superintendent Katie Poole.

Record your calls if possible. Leave long messages on voicemails. Call multiple times and disrupt their operations. Remember that denial and obstruction are standard operating procedures for them. Report any and all info received to atlantaiwoc@protonmail.com.

Suggested call script

“Hi. My name is ________. The world is watching and is in support of the hunger strikers at Scotland Correctional Institution. We are well aware of your violations in denying them a legal notary and throwing out their grievances. Multiple grievances have been made against your ‘cancellation’ of recreation despite your policy and procedures manual stating that those even on restrictive housing shall be allowed to exercise outside of the cell for five days out of the week for one hour a day. Many humanitarian organizations have been informed on Scotland Correctional Institution’s violations that directly torture those you force to be confined to a cell 24/7.

“We have also been informed that Scotland’s so-called medical staff has been conducting “seg checks” at unreasonable hours of the night, 1-2 a.m. every night, when everyone is clearly asleep. These seg checks involve medical staff banging on everyone’s door, disrupting their sleep and causing further psychological harm.

“These methods of torture will be widely exposed and we not quit until they have ceased.”

* “Inmates assigned to Administrative Segregation and Disciplinary Segregation, Intensive Control, Maximum Control, High Security Maximum Control, Protective Control, shall be allowed one hour per day, five days per week exercise outside the cell, unless safety or security considerations dictate otherwise. Medical authorities may grant exceptions to the five times per week exercise requirement for specific reasons. The exercising of an inmate or the inmate’s refusal to exercise shall be documented on form DC-141.” Source: https://www.doc.state.nc.us/DOP/policy_procedure_manual/C1200.pdf