2018 Survey of U.S. Prisoners on Prison Labor

Survey reveals nearly half of US prisoners make $0.00. The term for involuntary unpaid labor is slavery.

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Prison Labor

The Western press often aims the diparaging term “labor camps” at Asia and the former socialist countries of the world. Yet, with the largest prison population in the world, it should not be surprising that it is the Amerikans who have more prisoners working for them than any other nation. And their labor subsidizes the cost for Amerikans to maintain a highly structured and institutionalized system of national oppression in this country.

While prisons do “cost” taxpayers money, Amerikans benefit directly, indirectly and psychologically from the criminal injustice system. There is a lot of money being made off the system, not by exploiting prisoner labor, but in the form of public employee salaries. In Pennsylvania, for instance, prison guards are among the state’s highest paid employees.(1) And in many states these jobs are so important, the guard unions will successfully fight against any prison closures…

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13 thoughts on “2018 Survey of U.S. Prisoners on Prison Labor

  1. Slavery in one form or another will never cease in AmeriKKKa. That fact should be well known to ALL by now. And there is certainly no hue and cry over it and there never will be because of who makes up the group that’s incarcerated by the millions. No UN or any other intergovernmental agency can or will do anything about AmeriKKKa’s human rights abuses even as this shithole points the finger at other countries for their perceived human rights abuses.

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  2. To be honest, Shelby, I believe the only way slavery will end in the US is if capitalism is dismantled or collapses on its own. And the way I see things going, I think the latter is more likely. A lot of people are coming to think this way – which is why we are working our butts off to make sure that we have some kind of grassroots infrastructure to replace it. Otherwise the loss of human life will be enormous.

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    • The collapse is inevitable because it’s not sustainable for all time. I addition to preparing “some kind of grassroots infrastructure to replace it,” we must prepare our youth for the chaos that awaits them as the system collapses.

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      • We need to get back to what we used to have, ‘community involvement’. Actual communities that looked out for one another. When I was a child, this is what kept many people afloat. No one went hungry or was homeless because we knew our neighbors and we had rent parties and neighborhood barbecues and we didn’t need a “National Night Out” against crime to come together. We came together because we cared. Now, we think we are something if we have hundreds of ‘followers’ on Facebook or Twitter who live all around the world, but when the collapse occurs, we will need people who are in our own communities. And we need to stop looking at one another as enemies, but as neighbors who are going to need to depend on one another in short order.

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        • Absolutely, Shelby. Even white people had communities when I was growing up – though it’s my impression they lasted longer in the Black community – at least until they were destroyed by the Interstate system and gentrification. And your point about depending on one another is so vital. Communities are built on people doing for one another instead of arbitrary social events. Now people are too dependent on paying for technology and technicians for what they need – instead of relying on one another.

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    • Replacement infrastructure… I gather that is why militia groups stockpile weapons — not to take down the government, but for when the government collapses on it’s own. They expect to need to defend themselves from marauding neighbors. Motor cycle gangs may also provide similar infrastructure. I imagine church congregations should be able to cling together and survive. What kind of grassroots infrastructure do you mean? Is there some kind of movement in NZ?

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      • Yes, there are several movements here, based on the Transition Town movement which was launched in the UK and Ireland about a decade ago. Here in New Plymouth, which has a population of about 55,000, we have set up savings pools as an alternative to banks, seed saver groups, crop swap groups, a Time Bank, local currency and a group building an eco co-housing project. We also have a local social enterprise that helps people design eco-homes and permaculture-based home gardens, enabling people to produce their own food, energy, water storage and gray water system. I myself have a food forest in my back garden, a rain water tank and a gray water system. Most of my friends keep chickens and/or ducks, though my property is too small to keep poultry without violating Council bylaws.

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