TV News LIES

Friday, Jul 31st

Last update03:10:47 AM GMT

You are here News Human Rights 21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor

21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor

E-mail Print PDF

US corporations exploit prison laborThere is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens.

They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced from speaking out and forced to work for little to no wages. This marginalization renders them practically invisible, as they are kept hidden from society with no available recourse to improve their circumstances or change their plight.

They are the 2.3 million American prisoners locked behind bars where we cannot see or hear them. And they are modern-day slaves of the 21st century.

It’s no secret that America imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in history. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, the US currently holds 25 percent of the world's prisoners. In 2008, over 2.3 million Americans were in prison or jail, with one of every 48 working-age men behind bars.

That doesn’t include the tens of thousands of detained undocumented immigrants facing deportation, prisoners awaiting sentencing, or juveniles caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline. Perhaps it’s reassuring to some that the US still holds the number one title in at least one arena, but needless to say the hyper-incarceration plaguing America has had a damaging effect on society at large.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


‘Rubber stamp for endless detention’: Judge rejects Gitmo detainee’s legal challenge

GitmoA federal judge has rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay inmate who said his...

Amnesty Says Israel Response to Soldier's Gaza Capture Was War Crime

Israel war crimes in GazaThe response of Israel’s military to the capture of an Israeli soldier during last summer’s Gaza...

Israel authorizes force-feeding of prisoners

Israel forcefeeds prisonersIsrael's parliament has passed into law the ability to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike, a move...

Judge: US should not detain immigrant kids

Judge: No detention for childrenA federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice's current system of detaining children...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!