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    I would agree that the residents have a reason to be angry because they should if not have first shot at the job at least have a road to get on the crews. If BP has openings for them to make it to the beach than I'm 100% ok with this practice.

    however prisoners with a cost. If the state can benefit from selling their labor to pay for detention costs and BP can reduce some cost of the clean up I say why not. Also I'm sure that prisoners even with all the information of hazards would opt out of a work assignment that involves hanging out at the beach, and those types of work assignment do have voluntary aspect seeing as only prisoners with clean behavior records are allowed to work outside of the walls.

    As for the over representation of black people on the line, ask Ben Jealous why African Americans why black people are over represented in the prison population. Because this isn't the only place that prisoners are used for unskilled labor, and to be honest I think that is a practice that should be expanded.  

    You aren't poor because of someone else

    by FatBaby24 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 03:40:05 PM PDT

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