On Friday, Robert Earl Council, a.k.a. Kinetic Justice, a leader in the national prison labor movement, who is currently incarcerated in Alabama, was transferred from Holman Correctional Facility—just one day before he was scheduled to meet with an advocate from the Southern Poverty Law Center. He has since been transferred again, and is currently on a hunger strike.
According to Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, founder of The Ordinary People Society and a spokesman for the Free Alabama Movement, Council was transferred out of Holman Correctional a day before he was set to meet with SPLC policy strategist Monique Gillum, Glasgow said, who was investigating the suicide of Robert Deangelo Carter. The SPLC declined to comment on the scheduled meeting, but did confirm that they were investigating Carter’s death. “We’re looking into it,” Maria Morris, SPLC managing attorney, told Jezebel. “We’re also looking into the conditions in segregation units at Holman—and elsewhere—that allow for suicides like this to happen.”