Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

The government and corporations have a pool of powerless, exploitable workers in skyrocketing prison populations.

ByTerrell Jermaine Starr / AlterNet

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If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The 13th amendment to the Constitution states that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

In plain language, that means slavery in America can still exist for those who are in prison, where you basically lose all of your rights.  (You don’t gain a lot of your rights back when you get out of prison, either, but that is a different story.) So, given the country’s penchant for rapacious capitalism, it may not come as a surprise that there is much of the American prison system that exploits American…

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