Inmates inside Florida's prisons are fighting back against "modern day slavery."
"Prisons create and ensure an underclass."
Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
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.
Ultimately, the social cost of mass incarceration is 11 times higher than total spent on the corrections system itself.
Prisoners have had enough and are demanding fair pay for their labor.
The struggle doesn’t end with prison labor. Prisons also serve a generally repressive function, of which labor is a particular manifestation.
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