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North American prisoner strike begins in 17 states and Canada

from By Michelle R. Matisons

Regardless of where you stand on mass incarceration, the number of Americans locked up — 2.3 million — is large enough that divergent forces are paying attention as a National Prisoner Strike, which began Aug. 21 and will end Sept. 9, unfolds. Why now? Some inmates would answer, "Because it’s August." The phrase "Black August" may not have been included in your high school history course, but anyone following U.S. prison reform has heard of it, and more specifically of a man named George Jackson. more

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