Jail solidarity

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Jail solidarity is unity of purpose of those incarcerated or imprisoned.[1] In some mass arrest situations, the activists decide to use solidarity tactics to secure the same plea bargain for everyone.[2] Sometimes activists also make a mutual decision to reject offered plea bargains and take their cases to trial in order to overburden the court system, or in order to otherwise mutually support one another as co-defendants; an example of this would be the Camden 28.[3] It is generally agreed that jail solidarity works best when a plan is arranged ahead of time.[4] One of the governing principles of the anti-nuclear movement in the United States was jail solidarity.[5] Some activists have viewed jail solidarity as being very important for their states of mind while imprisoned.[6] Jail solidarity can also refer to non-prisoners holding rallies outside prisons or otherwise helping to provide moral support to prisoners, especially imprisoned activists or colleagues. It has been hypothesized that prison administrations throughout the United States might be overwhelmed by prisoner organizing across racial lines.[7] Per Herngren, recounting his prison experience, writes:[8]

A number of prisoner advocacy organizations, including PrisonerSolidarity.org, which serves as a news portal, are part of the prisoner solidarity movement.[9]


  1. ^ Civil Disobedience Training, ACT-UP 
  2. ^ National Lawyers Guild, LA Chapter, Questions and Answers about Civil Disobedience and the Legal Process (PDF) 
  3. ^ Mirelle Cohen (Oct 2007), 35 (4), Teaching Sociology, pp. 391–392  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Organizing Support and Solidarity for Arrestees 
  5. ^ VE Sopher (1983), Mass Civil Disobedience: A Lawyer's Perspective, Guild Prac. 
  6. ^ W Pasley, Brown Social Justice Activist Group Sustainability: An Ethnographic Inquiry (PDF), ISA Ethnography 
  7. ^ Hiken, Louis; Hiken, Marti (1995), Imprisonment - America's Drug of Choice, 52, Guild Prac., p. 65 
  8. ^ P Herngren (1993), Path of Resistance (PDF), The Practice of Civil Disobedience 
  9. ^ http://www.prisonersolidarity.org/resources.htm