Filed under: Announcement, Disaster, Incarceration, US
Join Fight Toxic Prisons in pressuring prisons across the east coast to evacuate prisoners before Hurricane Florence hits.
PHONE ZAP UPDATE 9/12: Both North Carolina and Virginia have stated they now have plans to evacuate prisoners within the projected path of Hurricane Florence*. South Carolina officials continue to vaguely reference a “plan,” but won’t say whether that plan involves actually evacuating prisoners within the evacuation zones or path of the hurricane. We still haven’t heard much on Federal prisons. We must continue to pressure them to ensure they meet our demands! We’ve prioritized both South Carolina and Federal numbers below!
*Florida said the same thing after we pressured them to evacuate prisoners during Irma last year, yet left 1,000s of prisoners in it’s path. If nothing else, VA and NC know we are watching.
As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the East Coast 170,000 people behind bars lie directly in it’s path with no ability to evacuate in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
We need your help putting pressure on each state to ensure the horrors that happened at FCI Beaumont during Hurricane Harvey don’t happen again. Already one prison we know of in a flood zone is refusing to evacuate.
- Immediate evacuation of all prisoners from every [State Prison and County Jail] or [Federal Prison].
- Stockpiling of Water and Food at every facility.
When you get a response tweet @FightXPrisons! (Or email [email protected])
ALSO: We don’t trust ANY Department of Corrections. Per Jailhouse Lawyers Speak’s advice, “If you know any prisoners in this storm path, it’s important to tell them to fill up any containers or bags with water NOW!! Prisons are notorious for not giving adequate drinking water to prisoners if any at all after the water is contaminated.”
There’s a lot of numbers so maybe get with some friends and divide up!
Numbers to Call:
Federal Bureau of Prisons:
Mid Atlantic Regional Office (North Carolina and Virginia) – 301-317-3100
Southeastern Regional Office (South Carolina) – 678-686-1200
South Carolina Department of Corrections Twitter – @SCDCNews
UPDATE: Jailhouse Lawyers Speak has confirmed with prisoners inside Ridgeland Correctional and Lieber Correctional that they are NOT being evacuated. Ridgeland has told phone -zappers it’s not moving people without orders from the Governor or the Director of Prisons. We’ve updated the below numbers accordingly!
Governor’s Office – 803.734.2100 and Twitter – @HenryMcMaster
Legislative Liaison/Special Assistant to the Director — Dexter Lee — 803-896-1731
Jasper, Colleton, and Beaufort CO’s in Southern SC are not under mandatory evacuation but SC Emergency Management Div. retweeted a tweet from Horry Co. EMD telling residents of those counties to evacuate. Additionally the Governor told residents of those counties in a live press-briefing 9/12 to leave if they can. Information for those county jails:
Jasper County Detention Center
Beaufort County Detention Center
Colleton County Jail
Colleton County Sheriff Administration
North Carolina Department of “Public Safety” (Twitter- @NCPublicSafety)
DOPS General Line – 919-733-2126
Department of Correction General Line — (919) 838-4000
Ask to speak to Director Lassiter’s Office.
Virginia Department of Corrections Twitter – @VADOC
General Number – 804-674-3000
Press 0 at the menu and ask to be transferred to the director’s administrative assistant.
Only current VA evacuation – Indian Creek Correctional Center.