Thursday, August 23, 2018


There's a nationwide prison uprising that's gaining momentum but Kansas City newsies don't want to talk about it given so much dangerous drama at the downtown jail.

To wit . . .


For years there have been stories of rape, abuse, violence and horrific living conditions at the jail. What's worse is that Courthouse officials have accomplished little to address the situation or create real change.

So far a few flare ups at meetings of the legislature and a community forum are the only real action from the embattled government body. The reality is that politicos simply wait till the issue is out of the newscycle and then continue to neglect the crisis.

Now, the prison strike isn't just about alleged slave labor but also speaks to the prison industrial complex overall and the need for reform.

Better than any other MSM news outlet, Internet news guru Philip DeFranco did an amazing job rounding up the sitch:

Here's more insight into their struggle and what organizers want:


1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.

2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.

3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.

4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.

5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.

6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.

7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.

9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.

10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.

Even better . . .


The issue should continue to take hold given recent prison uprisings in Norton, KS and Cameron, MO

A few readers have sent info our way but by far this activist had the money line on the topic:

"In the middle of downtown Kansas City we have a clear sign that prisons and jails in the U.S. are part of systemic corruption. The jail doesn't just endanger inmates but also guards and the public in general. KC can try to ignore the plight of the imprisoned but the problems are already finding their way back onto local streets because massive incarceration connects the inside and outside world . . ."

And yes, there will be a protest forthcoming while the County works to create even more local spin on this event marking the deadly Attica riot/uprising . . . #TBT Double bonus points for any age appropriate LADY hipster who wants to send TKC video reenacting the Attica! Attica! Attica! scene from Saturday Night Fever or Dog Day Afternoon. But I digress . . .

Check more news on the topic and as of this writing all other KCMO media have avoided the topic:

The Cut: Everything You Need to Know About the Prison Strike, One of the Largest in U.S. History

US: 'You can’t just treat people like animals': U.S. prison strike prompts solidarity rallies

Axios: Inmates in 17 states are striking against "slavery"

The Hill: Prisoners around the nation launch strike to end 'modern day slavery'

ABA: Nationwide prisoner strike makes demands for better treatment, justice reform

Developing . . .


Anonymous said...

i guess the newspaper was too busy working on the sports pass.

Jj said...

Jail isn't supposed to be a walk in the park but my complaint is that the horrible conditions just come back to bite Jackson county residents. the law suits add up and you'll see that reflected in your property tax bill and the increases.

Anonymous said...

Franks's forums were fun but people didn't really have a lot of new ideas. The consultant report was very important but the Legislature has mostly ignored it.

Anonymous said...

Fun for the 5 or 6 people who showed up? Newsflash, the County Executive is in charge of the jail, not the legislature. The consultants had very little to say that had not been said many times before.

Problem solved said...

You want to fix the jail? FIRE FRANK.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of a white woman who wanted to date a Mexican.

Anonymous said...

The Star has to protect Sly, Cleaver, Frank White and Forte.
The liberal agenda has to be advanced as cover for the developer giveaways.
What is suffering and death compared to protecting the fantabulous four?

Anonymous said...

What would Glazer think?

Anonymous said...


Then we can talk.

NOT BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The county does not have to worry. Slie is pushing to get the jail moved from downtown so the county will have a new jail, the taxpayers will have higher taxes, and the built in 20% slush fund for Slie will make the developers smile all the way to the bank.
There are enough vacant caves in the county which could be used for a jail.

Anonymous said...

^^Nobody wants to talk to you. You are of no consequence or import. You have nothing to say or add. You are irrelevant to the discussion. Nobody, anywhere, ever wants to hear anything you say. Kindly go back to shitting yourself and dribbling tapioca from your teeth less gums.

Anonymous said...

Geeeezit, they want more free crap than a pregnant with 3 child by fourth guy 17 year old EBT card slinger with a gibberish name kicking holes in the walls of her section 8 houses garage because her door openers battery died and her 2 year old uninsured Hyundai is getting wet in the rain.

Anonymous said...

The city minions are out in full force on TKC today. Must be a slow day at city hall.

Anonymous said...

^^and it seems the worthless geezers have all wondered into the day room. Matlock must be a rerun?(that's a trick question geezers...Andy Griffith is dead).

Trotsky said...

There is a simple way to solve these problems:

There are more people in prison for simple marijuana possession than all major crimes combined.

At this point, these people are no more than political prisoners & should be immediately released.

Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use, like alcohol, nationally.

Anonymous said...

@12:09 aka geezer hater.... can't even talk right has anyone dribbled tapioca from teeth less gums??? Or maybe the proper term and spelling would be toothless gums.

Anonymous said...

12:44, that is simply not true. However, I do support legalization of MJ. If people want to be potheads, let them.

Anonymous said...

"...recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women." Did they just assume someone's gender??

Anonymous said...

I hear somethin' sayin'
That's the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
All day long they're singin'
(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)
(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)
That's the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
All day long they work so hard
Till the sun is goin' down
Working on the highways and byways
And wearing, wearing a frown
You hear them moanin' their lives away
Then you hear somebody sa-ay
That's the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
Can't ya hear them singin'
Mm, I'm goin' home one of these days
I'm goin' home see my woman
Whom I love so dear
But meanwhile I got to work right he-ere
That's the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
All day long they're singin', mm
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard
Give me water, I'm thirsty
My, my work is so hard
Oh my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard

Anonymous said...

^^^^ The most original thought @2:25 has ever had in his life.

Anonymous said...

More "demands" from "activists" with little information, less serious analysis or policy recommendations, and absolutely NO responsibility for outcomes or consequences.
Just the latest cause du jour.
What could possibly go wrong?

Anonymous said...

Mostly, they just sit in jail smoking weed and butt fucking each other.

Anonymous said...

Just execute violent criminal offenders and maim thieves, drunk drivers, and other less-violent criminals. Crime rate will go down and they will cost the public a lot less. Drive drunk? Lose an eye. Break into a home? Lose both pinkies. What's that? Society will have to bear the cost of supporting maimed criminals? Doubt it. Crime rate will go down when drug dealers are neutered or all of their teeth are knocked out. As a victim of a violent crime, I'd be the first to pull the trigger or swing the bat.

Anonymous said...

"must be paid the prevailing wage . . . for their labor."... Ok, as long as these workers are required to pay the prevailing rate for rent and food

Frances said...

Amen, 3:25.

What we've got here is a failure to communicate. Time to roll out the Clue Bats.

Moe Shinola said...

Anonymous said...

Murderers, Rapists, Drug dealers deserve better.

Anonymous said...

Let out all the non-violent drug offenders. End the useless, unwinnable war on drugs.

Strother Martin said...

Demands ?! Their minds ain't right--they need some time in the box to get their minds right.

Anonymous said...

I have a novel idea! If you don't' like the conditions in prison don't fucking get convicted of shit that lands your ass in there...