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The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (75): Prison Slavery

chain gang scene from O Brother Where Art Thou

chain gang scene from "O Brother Where Art Thou"

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Although inmate labor is helping budgets in many corners of state government, the savings are the largest in corrections departments themselves, which have cut billions of dollars in recent years and are under constant pressure to reduce the roughly $29,000 a year that it costs to incarcerate the average inmate in the United States.

Senator John Ensign, Republican of Nevada, introduced a bill last month to require all low-security prisoners to work 50 hours a week. Creating a national prison labor force has been a goal since he went to Congress in 1995, but it makes even more sense in this economy, he said. (source, source)

Looks like a good reason to be “tough on crime“. More on the human rights implications of the recession is here. More on forced labor here, and on prison conditions here.

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