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Join the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross for a demonstration outside of the Richmond City Jail on December 31st (New Year’s Eve. Meet at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective (2005 Barton Avenue) at 11pm to head down together, or meet at the jail at 11:30pm.

This demo is Against Prison and the World that Needs It!

Show solidarity with everyone spending their New Year’s in Jail!

Bring noisemakers, chants, and ferocity! Drums, buckets, boomboxes, megaphones, and sparklers all encouraged.

The Richmond City Jail is located at 1701 Fairfield Way. There is not very much public parking in the area, we recommend folks driving park in a nearby neighborhood and walk on over, or drop off folks at the jail and then park elsewhere.

Bring the Noise!!!!

rvaabc@gmail.com or 804 303 5449 for more information!

New Year’s Eve Noise Demos outside of jails and prisons are an international anarchist tradition.

Richmond Anarchist Black Cross

On the Richmond City Jail

In the context the possibility of a new Richmond City Jail, the Anarchist Black Cross must make it clear that we are against the existence of all jails and prisons. We believe that no new jails or prisons should ever be constructed, and that the old ones should be emptied and dismantled.

Jails and prisons are tools used to oppress people largely based on their race and class. They exist to intimidate and coerce into passivity all who are not incarcerated. Jails and prisons exist to perpetuate slavery (see the Thirteenth amendment which allows for the slavery of incarcerated individuals) and to make profit for the capitalists who have created industries around incarceration.

The Richmond City Jail has a long history of being overcrowded, inhumane, dangerous, and unhealthy. The new Sheriff prides himself on not providing inmates with the medical care that they need. Bails are set too high to be accessible to many of Richmond’s most destitute. As a result, Richmond City Jail has killed many inmates over the years. Five inmates of Richmond City Jail died in 2010 alone.

The solution to the overcrowded, inhumane, hot as hell jail is NOT the construction of a new larger jail. A new facility with more beds will only encourage more arrests to fill the space.

Richmond City Jail should never have been allowed to become overcrowded. Inmates over its capacity should be released immediately, which is what the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross called for in July of 2010 when Kerry Wayne Bennett and Grant R. Sleeper died from the heat. The Sheriff’s department is clearly too callous and incapable to keep people alive. They should not be entrusted with a larger population and they should never be allowed to exceed the official capacity of any facility. A new jail facility will not solve the problems of the old facility. (more…)

Inside of the cover of the handbook

We came across a copy of the “Resident’s” Handbook for the Richmond City Jail, and decided it might be more useful to people if the information was available online. If you or anyone you know is engaged in any sort of less than legal activity- like a civil disobedience- it might be beneficial to read the handbook in preparation. That way you can be mentally and emotionally prepared for the situation, which might make it less stressful.

Some aspects of the handbook are clearly troubling. The whole thing has the potential to help people understand some of the conditions within the Jail, the way inmates are treated, etc. The contents of the handbook clearly dispell the conservative myth that Jail’s are nice places to be. And the conditions listed in the handbook are simply the ones that the Sherriff’s department wrote down – other less than legal or humane policies and practices are obviously not recorded in this document.

The back page of the handbook says that AIDS is FATAL!! – some sort of cautionary statement to the inmates perhaps. However, what is significant to note is that AIDS is more likely to kill in the Richmond City Jail because Sheriff Woody takes great pride in his budget cutting policy of not providing people with AIDS medicines and treatment unless they were receiving it prior to their incarceration. AIDS kills, Sheriff Woody helps. (Don’t forget the 5 dead inmates in 2010 at RCJ).

You can download the PDF here:

http://www.archive.org/details/ResidentsHandbookForTheRichmondCityJail

We will be doing our best to add insight and analysis about this handbook, so check this website for more down the line.

Come join the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross for a Solidarity Noise Demo at the Richmond City Jail on February 11th at 3pm at 1701 Fairfield Way.
Make some noise for folks in the jail!
Send some love to people locked up!
Wear Red and Pink if you can!
Bring drums, whistles, musical instruments, pots, pans etc.
Call 804 303 5449 or email rvaabc@gmail.com for more information

If you want to help prepare for the demo, please come to the Anarchist Black Cross meeting at 7pm on Tuesday February 8th at 2005 Barton Avenue.

It is with heavy hearts that we pass on word of another death at the Richmond City Jail. We have previously posted about the 2 deaths there over the summer. No word yet on the cause of this 3rd death, or the identity of the individual. We will definitely do our best to update with more information as it becomes available. The brutality of the prisons and jails in Virginia is a terrible reality. The solution to the inhumane conditions at the Richmond City Jail is NOT the construction of a new, bigger facility. We need better ways of dealing with our problems, and some serious re-evaluation of what our problems are. There needs to be better facilities that are not allowed to get overcrowded, and which provide counseling, education, medical and other services. Everyone deservesaccess to the services necessary for healthy lives.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles.

Here is the article we found online today:

Richmond Jail inmate dies

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By Staff Reports | Times-Dispatch
Published: September 17, 2010
Another Richmond Jail inmate, the third since mid-June, has died.

Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. said an inmate collapsed Friday at 1:30 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center. No foul play is suspected; an autopsy is scheduled next week. (more…)