“When you give absolute power over life and death to government officials, they can really do what they want.”
The decision to continue to use incarcerated workers for hazardous work that could expose them to the coronavirus or facilitate the spread within the facility lies with corrections authorities and emergency management officials.
Prisoners were instead put to work behind bars making sandbags to prepare for the storm’s arrival.
The fact is that men and women behind bars are in most in danger in the days, weeks and months after they have dared to protest.
Prisoners in at least 17 states are expected to participate in the coordinated sit-ins, hunger strikes, work stoppages and commissary boycotts from today until Sept. 9.
Inmates in prison are given opportunities to perform jobs for money in prison, however ,without getting paid anything close to living wages, they are released without the money to find housing and wind up homeless or living in shelters, making them more likely to re-offend.
Prisoners have had enough and are demanding fair pay for their labor.
With more prisoners using social media, Facebook has been accused of being too willing to delete profile pages of prisoners at the request of U.S. authorities—a growing debate among groups.
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