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Through a loophole in the 13th Amendment, governments and corporations profit from cheap, incarcerated labor.
Michele Bratcher Goodwin
States like California, New York, and Arizona have relied on prisoners to continue working, with little pay and in precarious conditions, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite COVID-19 concerns, the state’s prisoners are still doing dangerous menial jobs in work-release programs.
Garbage collectors in the city are striking for $15 an hour, hazard pay, and PPE.
Despite risks to incarcerated people and the public, Florida is sending prisoners to perform hard labor.
Unlike other states, Arizona offers minimal early release credits for the prisoners it sends to fight its wildfires.
Some pretrial prisoners and immigration detainees are forced to work without pay in violation of the 13th Amendment, according to attorneys.
With journalist Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard
Adam H. Johnson
The Bureau of Prisons’ South Central regional director utilized incarcerated people from a Texas prison to work on a landscaping project at his church.
One commissioner wants the state Department of Corrections to show proof that his county isn’t just using prisoners as ‘slaves.’
As media attention wanes, “this is the most dangerous period with any prisoner action,” one organizer said.
How the politics of storm preparation reveal whose lives matter, and who gets left behind.
Prisoners are striking to end death by incarceration, prison slavery and poor living conditions.
Ronald Brooks was helping plan a prison strike when he was abruptly transferred to a new prison hours away.