Prisoners were instead put to work behind bars making sandbags to prepare for the storm’s arrival.
Criminal justice is not the only focus of the program. The judges discuss making healthy life choices and maintaining a positive image.
The fact is that men and women behind bars are in most in danger in the days, weeks and months after they have dared to protest.
"It’s getting something ignited in prisoners. So, prisoners know that this is – this is a climate where they can actually step up and feel supported."
"This is a human rights campaign and each of these demands should be understood through a human rights lens."
Prisoners in at least 17 states are expected to participate in the coordinated sit-ins, hunger strikes, work stoppages and commissary boycotts from today until Sept. 9.
"Every single field and industry is affected on some level by prisons, from our license plates to the fast food that we eat to the stores that we shop at."
The violence, which culminated in the deaths of seven prisoners, was the deadliest event of its sort in the past quarter-century in the United States.