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Samuel Sinyangwe
1.5 million people currently in prison. 60% work full-time, at ~$0.14/hr. Their forced labor maintains the prisons incarcerating them. (1/x)
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
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If forced/unpaid prison labor ceased, the cost of paying this many workers minimum wage to upkeep the prisons would break the system/budget.
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verbatim411 Aug 20
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Many there for selling marijuana received long sentences and now mostly whites are making big profits off of the same drug in some states.
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
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In this way, prisons are currently dependent on forced and unpaid/underpaid labor to even operate. This system of modern slavery is toxic.
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verbatim411 Aug 20
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Many are coerced into taking plea deals. Public Defenders b/c of large case load don't always do their job so push pleas on their clients.
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verbatim411 Aug 20
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Judges ask defendants if anyone coerced them i/t taking a pleas deal,can't say no b/c if judge doesn't accept plea, DA will go double t/time
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Ruth Ellis Aug 20
This is a form of slavery
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verbatim411 Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
Decreases the number of Blacks in job market, destroys families, and eliminates a large segment of the voting population.
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
Your state's department of corrections has the authority to decide the wages prisoners are paid and whether or not they're required to work.
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
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While closing 13th Amendment loophole would abolish prison slavery nationwide, state depts of corrections/legislatures can act right now.
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David Pumpkins Ltd Aug 20
Aren't prisoners charged $84/day for their incarceration?
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
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But who's lobbying state department of corrections administrators or board members? Private prison industry, correctional officers unions...
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verbatim411 Aug 20
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Billions of dollars is being made, while providing jobs for many whites in rural Pennsylvania an other areas.
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202-224-3121 CALL Aug 20
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So very unjust 😟 And non-criminal undocumented folks are being held in max prison like conditions. All part of the prison industrial complex
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Margot Atwell Aug 20
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Any suggestions for how citizens who are disgusted by this can make our voices heard productively?
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David Menschel Aug 20
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in a # of states the prisons don't benefit from the labor. In AZ e.g. there's an independent corporation that benefits 1/
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David Menschel Aug 20
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Arizona Correctional Industries provides private corps with low cost labor; profits go to the states general fund not the prisons.
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David Menschel Aug 20
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The original impetus for ACI was to create "programming" for inmates at no cost to state. That's why it's Independent.
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Ben Weber Aug 20
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Going to throw this out there....maybe don't commit the crime so we don't have to pay money to incarcerate them....just a thought
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David Menschel Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
Idea was that the rehabilitative work "programs" would only survive if they were cost neutral. That's why ACI is independent.
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