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The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells. Full Article

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  1. Tired Of Hiding

    The United States of America is using slave labour and that is what prisons are really for!

    The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

    Read and prepare to be sicked:

  2. Someone who cares

    Maybe we should start referring to prisoners as slaves from now on, and just maybe, the people in this country will have a light go on and realize all the similarities to slavery and Nazi Germany and start to feel embarrassed that this is happening again?

  3. Bluewall

    And a prison phone account cost $10 for 3 minutes… and the prisoner can’t use his “work” money to transfer to his phone account, it had to be sent from a outside party to the prison to be used for the phone account.. or that is how the place where I was…

    Also the stigma of former prisoners of any crime is carried to the outside world forcing that person no upper movement to higher paying jobs, even with education.. Creating a “guarantee” lower or working class bracket…

    • Tim

      Good point, Bluewall. Because of the stigma of having been in prison, even the state funded institutions are effectively creating a chattle class. What is it in the near future, 1 in 10 people will have been incarcerated at some point in their lives? That is potentially 10 % of the population to permanantly be there to fill low income positions for the corporations. Combine that with cuts to services for the families of inmates and you have a significant class of people willing to do any work for any pitance per hour. Blue collar people in the USA should be up in arms about this. Unfortunately, most are buying into the tough on crime propaganda of the past thirty years.

  4. margaret moon

    This is sickening! And you can blame it on our federal legislators. The corrupt crew who become millionaires while in office, and have created this! What the H… is wrong with the voting public?? Why do they keep voting these pirates back into office?
    Maybe because they are “Protecting the children.” (sarcasm intended)

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