American prisoners are working today in unsafe electronics recycling plants at seven federal prisons -- outside of the watchful eye of workplace safety regulators.
Prisoners have reported breaking computer CRT monitors with hammers -- releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Others have been denied proper training and safety equipment before they handle electronics full of mercury, lead and other harmful chemicals. Disposal practices are less than ideal.
A former Florida prison staffer has sued the federal prison system after she experienced hair loss, sores, migraines and other conditions that she believes comes from her work near the harmful chemicals from e-waste recycling.
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