Call-in Against Abuses at McCormick Correctional, South Carolina

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The following is a request for action regarding human rights abuses at McCormick Correctional prison located in South Carolina. To read a report from prisoners about what is happening at the facility, go here. The following call comes from JailHouse Lawyers Speak, followed by a script from IWOC.  

In solidarity with McCormick prisoners, some that have been protesting for weeks are requesting the following persons to be called: DOJ Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General, John M. Gore South Carolina Senator Karl Allen South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) South Carolina Department of Corrections Agency Director Bryan P. Stirling

Requesting a formal investigation for possible criminal and civil rights violations relating to the rationing of one cup of water a day and to the use of excessive force for the past 3 weeks at McCormick Prison. McCormick prisoners are also requesting that normal operations be allowed to resume without delay and the inhumane living conditions be rectified immediately.

Prisoners are currently confined to their cells 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sick call medical neglect is routine, showers are being provided at most once a week, prisoners are being served small proportions of food, prisoners are forced to live in two men cells for weeks without being allowed to clean them, and excessive force is used at every meal.

To add another degree of psychological torture, steel plates are being used to cover all windows. Natural sunlight is being eliminated in the cells at McCormick Prison. Please use the above information when placing these calls.

1. Assistant Attorney General, John M. Gore  DOJ Civil Rights Division 202–514–4609

2. South Carolina Senator Karl Allen (Corrections and Penology Oversight subcommittee member) 602 Gressette Bldg, Columbia, SC 29201 Business Phone: (803) 212–6008

3. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) 803–737–9000

4. SCDC Office of the Director.  Agency Director, Bryan P. Stirling, 803–896- 8555.

We RESIST! We DEMAND our HUMANITY!

Abolish prison slavery!

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

Emails:

mkeel@sled.sc.gov

dhamilton@sled.sc.gov (Assistant Debbie Hamilton)

Bryan P. Stirling, Director

South Carolina Department of Corrections

4444 Broad River Road

Columbia, South Carolina 29210

Office: 803-896-8555

Fax: 803-896-3972

Emails: stirling.bryan@doc.sc.gov

bolchoz.brian@doc.sc.gov

Leggings.maria@doc.sc.gov

corrections.info@doc.state.sc.us

 

Script: 

“Hello, I am contacting you to inform you of ongoing human rights abuses at McCormick Correctional Facility. I believe that there are civil rights violations ongoing at McCormick, where inmates have been rationed to one cup of water a day, and excessive force has been used regularly throughout the past three weeks.

Normal operations at this facility must be allowed to resume without delay, and the inhumane living conditions need to be rectified immediately. Currently, prisoners report being confined to their cells 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sick call medical neglect is routine, showers are being provided at most once a week, prisoners are being served small and insufficient amounts of food, prisoners are being forced to live in two-man cells for weeks without being allowed to clean them, and excessive force is being used at every meal. Meanwhile, steel plates are being used to cover all windows, eliminating natural sunlight – further proof of cruel and unusual treatment.

These abuses need to be stopped at once.

Thank you.”

 

 


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IWOC
Members of the IWW have created the IWOC, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, which functions as a liaison for prisoners to organize each other, unionize, and build solid bridges between prisoners on the inside and fellow workers on the outside. Prison is a setup, a big business, there to make money off the People. Neither the setup, nor the slavery inside of prisons can be combated without the conscious participation of prisoners and the working class on the outside through mutual aid, solidarity, and the building of working relationships that transcend prison walls and the politics of mass incarceration. The IWOC has been actively reaching out to prisoners while at the same time prisoners have been reaching out to the IWW for representation and assistance in building a prisoners union. The IWOC has taken up the cause and is helping prisoners in every facility organize and build a union branch for themselves, which will together form a powerful IWW Industrial Union.