Karen Smith, one of the leaders of the strike on the outside, shouts "F--- the police!" into a megaphone outside of the Reception and Medical Center at the Lake Butler Correctional Facility. Jan. 15, 2018.
Protesters reading the statement that the striking prisoners released to the public. The prisoners are seeking to improve conditions inside the center and end what they perceive as slave labor. Jan. 15, 2018.
After about an hour of chanting and playing their instruments, the protestors gathered to hear the statement the striking prisoners inside released. Jan. 15, 2018.
A protestor takes a break from blowing into her trombone as she walks along the road in front of the prison. Many of the protestors brought instruments, including drums, hoping the prisoners striking inside would be able to hear from them.
Arica Redding has been fighting for four years to appeal (what she believes to be) the unjust assault conviction of her 14-year-old son. He is 19 now and is slated to be in prison until he’s 72 years old.
An ambulance pulls out of the Reception and Medical Center. Many of the prisoners housed there have health problems. The protestors both inside and outside believe that the prisoners are not receiving adequate healthcare. Jan. 15, 2018.
A protestor shouts into his megaphone. Jan. 15, 2018.
The protestors wanted to be as loud as possible in the hopes that the striking prisoners inside would be able to hear them. Jan. 15, 2018.
An ex-veteran holds up a sign as the group marched back and forth in front of the Lake Butler Correctional Facility.