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  •  Well that's not really the point (16+ / 0-)

    Although I could present a compelling argument that forced prisoner labor is wrong and should be scrapped in favor of a system that leads to lower levels of recidivism.

    There is a difference in forcing prisoners to work and forcing them to work in former slave plantations to produce profits for corporate prison owners. Because this creates perverse incentives for the people who make criminal laws and enforce those laws. When prisoners are the oil that lubricates a private profit center, we're incentivizing a system that seeks more prisoners rather than more justice.

    The subsidiary point is that our willingness to subject our (mostly) black prison population to a setting that houses the worst of American horrors is a sign of how unashamed we are of our slave history. The title of this diary reflects that, and I believe it to be a central point here.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:09:14 AM PST

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