How a South Carolina Prison Riot Really Went Down
Heather Ann Thompson, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a Media for a Just Society Award for her book titled Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy, offers her take on a recent South Carolina prison riot that led to the deaths of seven inmates: the lack of humanity. “Daily degradations grind away at the men’s souls,” Thompson writes in an op-ed for The New York Times. “The pictures that have been sent to me from prison cellphones make it abundantly clear … that the department [of corrections] does not see these men as human beings.” Thompson goes on to explain that those same cellphones that keep inmates connected to their families and give them the ability to document what happens inside the McCormick Correctional Institution are being blamed, in part, by corrections officials for causing the fight that led to the riot. Read the full article here.