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  •  A brilliant diary! (3+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, Orinoco, Chi

     A lot of people don't realize how bad the system is...

    For instance, there are many prisons in the USA that contract out their inmates to corporations at WAY under the minimum wage and probably under the prevailing wage in China...

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    by PlinytheWelder on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:17:29 PM PDT

    •  Which is, frankly, illegal. (4+ / 0-)
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      Orinoco, isabelle hayes, Chi, leeleedee

      Authority is not a person's property, so they can't just hand it over to someone else in exchange for money.  There is no lawful way for an institution with the legal authority to hold prisoners to have someone else do it for them, so that invalidates private prisons, private prison guards, and private prisoner transports.

      And, of course, the illegality of forced prison labor needs no explanation.  Forced labor is a human rights abuse.  Prisoners are wards of the state, and the state has no more legitimate authority to force inmates to work than they could do that to orphans living in state facilities or quadriplegic veterans living in VA hospitals.  Being in charge of a person does not grant the right to prey on them.  Exactly the opposite, in fact.  

      Even voluntary prison labor for private business is illegitimate, since the workers have no ability to negotiate, effectively no recourse against employer abuses, and free workers can't compete, meaning it has some of the same economic problems as actual slavery.

      Going faster miles an hour, with the radio on.

      by Troubadour on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:29:43 PM PDT

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      •  you need to read the post Civil war Amendments. (0+ / 0-)

        It makes involuntary servitude legal in prison.

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        by samddobermann on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:14:24 AM PDT

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