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9. Prison Slavery in Today’s USA

The US comprises less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet US prisons hold more than 25 percent of all people imprisoned globally. Many of these prisoners labor at twenty-three cents per hour, or similar wages, in federal prisons contracted by the Bureau of Prisons’ UNICOR, a quasi-public, for-profit corporation, which is the US government’s thirty-ninth largest contractor. As incarceration rates explode in the US, thousands are placed in solitary confinement, often for having committed minor disciplinary infractions within prison.

Censored News Cluster: The Police State and Civil Liberties

Sara Flounders, “The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons,” Workers World, June 6, 2011, http://www.workers.org/2011/us/pentagon_0609.

James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, “Cruel and Usual: US Solitary Confinement,” Al Jazeera English, March 19, 2011, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/03/201137125936219469.html.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2011/11/07/prison-slavery-in-today’s-u-s-a/

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2011/04/04/solitary-confinement-in-the-us-cruel-and-usual-punishment/

Student Researchers: Leta Frolli and Taylor Wright (Sonoma State University)

Faculty Evaluators: Sheila Katz and Patrick Jackson (Sonoma State University)

  • Trencher January 2, 2013

    So much horse shit. You seem to be leaving out the many millions in Chinese prisons alone that are blatantly used as slave labor. The real numbers around the world wouldn’t serve your cause, of course, nor would the fact that so many other countries are quick to use the death penalty and practice mutilation as punishment for minor crimes.

    • Robo Mac January 30, 2013

      This man has a point. Look at North Korea for example. The whole country is at gun point and you even look the wrong way and your going too a re-education(concentration) camp. Those numbers can’t be counted because the very existence of these camps is largely ignored by most media.

    • Mike G February 5, 2013

      So you’ve checked out and verified these “real numbers” then? Perhaps you’d like to share with the rest of us? I suspect that some people just don’t like to have their preconceived notions (USA is the best country in the world™) disrupted.

    • ziggypop March 7, 2013

      This is the truth. The 2012 budget from the DOJ requested a larger % of increase in prisons and detention than Holder did for Homeland Security. There were several private prison contracts for them to build even more prisons, that the communities where they were to be built quashed them.

    • Silkroad August 25, 2013

      Trencher, you can go to any mainstream media outlet and they will tell you about the prison slave labor in other countries. But you won’t hear about that in THIS country, because it’s censored.

      Hence the term, “Project Censored”. Project Censored features news that is generally censored in the United States. Get it?

  • Trencher January 2, 2013

    So much horse shit. You seem to be leaving out the many millions in Chinese prisons alone that are blatantly used as slave labor. The real numbers around the world wouldn’t serve your cause, of course, nor would the fact that so many other countries are quick to use the death penalty and practice mutilation as punishment for minor crimes.

    • Robo Mac January 30, 2013

      This man has a point. Look at North Korea for example. The whole country is at gun point and you even look the wrong way and your going too a re-education(concentration) camp. Those numbers can’t be counted because the very existence of these camps is largely ignored by most media.

    • Mike G February 5, 2013

      So you’ve checked out and verified these “real numbers” then? Perhaps you’d like to share with the rest of us? I suspect that some people just don’t like to have their preconceived notions (USA is the best country in the world™) disrupted.

    • ziggypop March 7, 2013

      This is the truth. The 2012 budget from the DOJ requested a larger % of increase in prisons and detention than Holder did for Homeland Security. There were several private prison contracts for them to build even more prisons, that the communities where they were to be built quashed them.

  • mannapat April 27, 2013

    What to they do to prisoners who refuse to work in the fields picking tomatoes? Put them in jail?

    • That Guy June 6, 2013

      This is how one gets time off for good behavior… money for being released… something to do… out of the cell. If it didn’t work it wouldn’t be… just know it does work!

    • guy November 17, 2013

      Solitary confinement.

  • mannapat April 27, 2013

    What to they do to prisoners who refuse to work in the fields picking tomatoes? Put them in jail?

  • patty July 1, 2013

    When will you look at hiddennolonger.com? It is about the Canadian Holocaust and has a pdf book and a movie. There is a media blackout on this whole topic.

  • patty July 1, 2013

    There were child raping gangs, enforced child slave labor, and 50,ooo plus murders in the Canadian Holocaust…don’t censor this story like the rest.

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