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It was announced April 26th that Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Facility, located across the street from the Richmond City Jail, is being shut down immediately for a year. There have been allegations of bad conditions, forged paperwork, unsafe conditions, and sexual relations between guards and under age inmates.

The Juvenile Detention Center being shut down might be something of a victory, except that the Juvenile inmates are all being transferred to different facilities throughout the state. There is no doubt that this will make it more difficult for the friends and families of the inmates to visit and support them. It is also important to remember that the new facilities where these kids will be sent will still be unsafe, inhumane, brutal, and traumatic places.

Here’s to hoping that Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Center never opens up again because we stop detaining juveniles and locking them in cages.

News story about the shut down here:
http://wtvr.com/2012/04/26/juvenile-detention-center-shuts-down-immediately/

On Monday:

In response to the violent arrests of Hunter Singleton and Eric Scott on the evening of November 9th during a march in Richmond, Occupy Charlottesville will be holding a solidarity demonstration along the Downtown Mall on Monday November 14th around 7:30 pm after the General Assembly in Lee Park on Market street.

Eric and Hunter are facing felony charges for wearing masks during the march, something that most everyone in the march was doing as a protective measure against tear gas and police surveillance. This move shows that the police singled them out for being openly involved in activism and anarchist organizing.

We march in Charlottesville to show that solidarity with those imprisoned is possible doesn’t matter where we live and to strengthen the regional movement to occupy public spaces and all spaces. We march also to stand by the age old conviction that “An injury to one is an injury to all” among those who resist systemic oppression and injustice. To Richmond mayor Dwight Jones and Police Chief Bryan Norwood we want to show that even outside Richmond, people are watching and have each other’s backs. To the Charlottesville government and police department we also say that we have comrades all along the region that will support each other and organize to keep our city’s occupation going for the long haul.

Folks from Richmond who want to carpool to Charlottesville should call 804 300 0023 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com We will probably leave from the Wingnut around 5pm. Contributions for the cost of fuel would be appreciated

The only reason the construction of a new Richmond City Jail has ever seemed even mildy palatable is due to the inhumance conditions at the current facility, which result in numerous deaths each year.

However, City Mayor Jones and members of City Council have just revealed how their jail plans that they are trying to push through are actually not going to result in a more humane situation.

Apparently the contractor involved as well as some of the politicians failed to do their research into requirements regarding jail construction, and have been presenting City Council as well as the public with plans that include at least one major mistake. The mistake is that the jail cell size they proposed doesn’t meet state regulations. Apparently changing the plans would cost money, so now they are pushing to get an exception made for cell size.

In an effort to save money, the City of Richmond wants to build the new jail with jail cells that are double bunked and with 35 fewer square feet per cell than State regulations call for. The size cell that the City of Richmond wants to build now fits the standards suggested by the American Correctional Association- a group of people who make a profit off of the prison industrial complex.

How can we expect better jail conditions when the City of Richmond is trying to cut corners at the cost of the inmates before ground has even been broken on the project? This new jail, as proposed, will start over crowded, and no doubt get worse from there. No new jail, no old jail. The City of Richmond is not competent, kind, or rich enough to provide a safe and relatively humane jail, therefore we deserve none at all. (more…)

Ring in 2011 with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross during a solidarity noise demo at the Richmond City Jail!

Friday December 31st at 11:30pm at 1600 Oliver Hill Way!

Our intention is to show solidarity with prisoners locked behind those walls, and also as an act of solidarity with people incarcerated and struggling against incarceration throughout the world. This action is an attempt to break the isolation between inside and outside the prison walls.

Bring your voice, whistles, drums, pots and pans, musical instruments, and other noise makers! Count down to a new year of struggle against the prison industrial complex. We want a new year without prisons, without the institutionalized slavery of prisons, and without the racist and classist institutions that proactively oppress and lock up our friends.

Make New Year’s Eve meaningful by letting people incarcerated know that they are not forgotten. Inside the Richmond City Jail are our friends, families, and neighbors. Even if you do not know someone locked up personally, the mere fact of so many members of our communities being incarcerated does have an effect on your life.

The Richmond City Jail is a notoriously overcrowded and unsafe place. Sheriff Woody takes more pride in cutting costs than in the actual care given to inmates. Adequate heating, cooling, water, medical care, and programs are simply not provided. The conditions are dangerous. There have been 4 reported deaths in 2010 alone. (more…)