The late great Sam Cooke, may he rest in peace.
Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the UnitedStates, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic– are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover,if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here: