Prisoners Report on Conditions in

Minnesota Corrections Facility Stillwater - Federal

Got a keyboard? Help type articles, letters and study group discussions from prisoners. help out is a media institution run by the Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons. Here we collect and publicize reports of conditions behind the bars in U.$. prisons. Information about these incidents rarely makes it out of the prison, and when it does it is extremely rare that the reports are taken seriously and published. This historical record is important for documenting patterns of abuse, and also for informing people on the streets about what goes on behind the bars.

We hope this information will inspire people to take action and join the fight against the criminal injustice system. While we may not be able to immediately impact this particular instance of abuse, we can work to fundamentally change the system that permits and perpetuates it. The criminal injustice system is intimately tied up with imperialism, and serves as a tool of social control on the homeland, particularly targeting oppressed nations.

[Abuse] [Minnesota Corrections Facility Stillwater] [Minnesota]

Fighting Minnesota lockdown and denial of essential services

I am writing to inform you the following has taken place here at Stillwater Prison. On 07/18/2018, a guard was killed in the industry building by a prisoner. According to the MN Star Tribune Newspaper, “a 42-year-old prisoner serving a 30-year sentence for murder attacked a guard with a hammer and two homemade shanks.”

This incident has placed us on an indefinite status of lockdown 23 a day. All normal programming has stopped.

i have written to our local chapter here in the Twin Cities, IWOC, our union has been very supportive in this direct action movement. Our first step has been to notify the public of the humanitarian violations that are taking place in here. We are going to continue to actively push on the DOC for an end to this oppressive mistreatment. We went several weeks without clean clothes, linen, and hygiene necessities, toothpaste, soap and deodorant. After week two, they handed us one small plastic bag with a 3-1 Bob Barker bottle of soap, 2 hand-size soaps and a clear toothpaste, two pieces of lined writing paper and two envelopes. Since then, we have been provided the opportunity to spend $40.00 a week for a select list of items which include hygiene items.

I must admit that this incident causes us to stop and pay attention more closely to what is going on around us. It is my belief we will grow stronger after and during this experience. We welcome any advice, as it may help us build a stronger movement. This is a call for solidarity.

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