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Tell Costco to Stop Using Prison Labor

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Let's tell Costco to stop making big bucks off of prison labor. As long as we allow big business to incentivize mass incarceration, we will continue to be the largest prison nation in the world.  

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From: Slavery: Alive and Well in the US, Sponsored by ALEC,  by Amy McMullen

"We all know that prisoners work while they are incarcerated.  Aside from the familiar task of making license plates, there are still chain gangs employed throughout the south and several states have explored the use of prison labor to work the agricultural fields after Latino immigrants fled the tough immigration laws enacted in some southern states, namely Georgia and Alabama.

 We may also know that prisoners are often paid, albeit very little money for their labor.  But how many realize that that by nature of being in prison, as mandated by our Constitution, prisoners could be compelled or even forced to work and that payment is entirely optional?

And how many of us know that our Constitution specifically states that prisoners are slaves?

Yes, slaves.

The Thirteenth Amendment was enacted to end slavery in this country but what most people do not realize is that it never ended slavery for those who are incarcerated.  The language is very clear in Section 1 (emphasis mine):

“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.”

Yes, those are chilling words to read in what most of us hold up to be an infallible document—the highest law of the land.  Even more disturbing is that this Amendment was used to carry on the legacy of slavery in the south in a most horrible fashion long after the Civil War was over and, it can be argued, is still being used to justify slave labor today."

From: Prison Labor is the new Slavery, by Sara Burrows

"With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world. No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population. Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in 2014.  Out of an adult population of 245 million that year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some form of detention center.

The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug-related.

Big Business is making big bucks off of prison labor"

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