Inmates have "peaceful" protests over pay and other issues

Inmates at two Alabama prisons are protesting over issues like pay, sanitation and court systems, prompting correction officials to restrict inmate movement at one prison.

Department of Corrections spokesman, Brian Corbett, says the protests at the St. Clair and Holman correctional facilities have been peaceful and that prisoner movement has been restricted at the St. Clair prison.

Since New Year's Day, at least some prisoners have refused to work in the kitchen and laundry areas, as well as performing other jobs, because prisoners want pay for their work. Also, prisoners are voicing concerns about the court system.

Pastor Kenneth Glasgow says he has received phone calls and emails from several dozen family members of inmates involved in the protests. He says besides pay, the prisoners are taking issue with overcrowding and sanitation issues.