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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
Replying to @samswey
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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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
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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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
Replying to @samswey
While closing 13th Amendment loophole would abolish prison slavery nationwide, state depts of corrections/legislatures can act right now.
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
But who's lobbying state department of corrections administrators or board members? Private prison industry, correctional officers unions...
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David Menschel Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
to put it differently, in some places prisons don't need the labor and it was rehabilitation proponents that fought for it.
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
Replying to @davidminpdx
Correctional Industry labor is only about 7% of all prison labor. 93% work maintaining the prison (cleaning, etc), not producing products.
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Cleo’s Hat is paying attention Aug 20
Replying to @samswey
Can you post a summary of state prison labor policies?
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
Replying to @CleopatrasHat
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(((David L. Ritter))) Aug 20
Replying to @samswey @ixochitl
It's practical. BTW, they aren't forced to work. Most prisoners choose to work to occupy themselves--a sane response to their circumstance.
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 20
Replying to @BlessedTex @ixochitl
Yes, prisons in many states require prisoners to work. For example here's Texas which has the largest prison system.
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John Ed Baker Aug 21
you SAY NOTHING about Verizon or AT&T or McDonald's or even Victoria's Secret, for crying out loud, WHO USE PRISON LABOR! There's lots more!
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Samuel Sinyangwe Aug 21
Replying to @JohnEdwardBake1
Definitely an issue. Overall 93% of prison labor is maintaining the prison. 7% producing things for other agencies, 0.4% for corporations.
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