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(en) Bristol ABC News 16th Oct 2002

From <bristol_abc@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Fri, 25 Oct 2002 10:11:50 -0400 (EDT)


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Lincoln Prison Uprising

Police from 5 counties and hundreds of riot-trained
Prison Officers had to be bussed into Lincoln jail to
contain an uprising by inmates.  The uprising began at
7.50pm on the 24th October and took until the 4.20am
the next day before state control was resumed.  So
what triggered the uprising?  The government are
blaming a small group militant prisoners, Martin
Narey, the director general of the prison service;
"Like most local prisons, Lincoln prison is
overcrowded, but I think this was a carefully planned
attempt by a small number of prisoners.....I don't
believe overcrowding is the cause and it is certainly
not a justification for this.."

However this view differs sharply from that of the
Prison Officers and experts in the field.  Duncan
Keys, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers'
Association; "We believe that severe overcrowding and
insufficient staffing levels has caused friction at
the prison."   Nacro, the crime reduction charity, has
pointed out that remand prisoners are under "high
levels of stress". Lincoln Jail is 40% remand. 
Uprisings have already occurred at Belmarsh prison,
Rochester prison and at the privately-run Ashfield
jail.  Warnings of the growing threat of violence have
been made by the Lord Chief Justice, the Prison
Governors' Association, the Prison Officers'
Association and various penal reform groups.

The fact is that the jail system is not working; it's
not reducing crime, it's not 'rehabilitating'
prisoners and it's not making society a safer place. 
The only thing it is succeeding at is providing
captive sweetshop labour and profit-related
opportunities.

US State Bars Family from Funeral
Despite pleas from family members, friends and
lawyers, Albert Woodfox was denied permission to
attend his sister?s funeral in New Orleans on Friday,
August 16, 2002. 
Louisiana State Prison Warden Burl Cain, who describes
himself as a Christian, made the decision that Albert
Woodfox, long-time Black Panther political prisoner,
would not be allowed to go to his sister?s funeral in
New Orleans on Friday, August 16, 2002. His sister,
Violetta Augustine, had been his most loyal visitor
and supporter over the years. Her belief that he would
be exonerated never waned. She passed away on August
10 after a long battle with cancer.

Albert's comrade and friend, Robert King Wilkerson,
spoke in Bristol on Wednesday 15th May 2002 as part of
a European wide speaking tour to highlight the plight
of political prisoners in the US and worldwide.

Send statements of support to: Albert Woodfox #72148,
CCR Upper B Cell 13, Louisiana State Penitentiary,
Angola, LA 70712.  For more info see: www.angola3.org

Prisoner Support Bristol Anarchist Black Cross
email  bristol_abc@yahoo.co.uk 
website  www.geocities.com/bristol_abc/ 
address  PS Bristol ABC, Box 42, 82 Colston St,
Bristol BS1 5BB

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