Florida is one of five states that don't pay prison inmates for the work they complete while incarcerated
So, now, literally, that the childish Trump s#!% has hit the mas media fan, wafting in its wake is the stench of the US ‘Gulag Archipelago’, updated to the lighter form of slavery on high suction applied by militarized police forces and impoverishment being doubled down on by the hook and by crook of tadaaaa…Citizens United. The name - whahaha! - so blatantly a king-of-the-hill flag stuck into the heap of corpses of both legislative dignity and governance and increasingly those of humans). With the toxic legacy of coal and those preventing healthy evolution. According to Wikipedia, Solzhenitsyn’s work is MANDATORY reading in highschool in Russia.
For profit… do any of these funamentalist christians ever look at the funamentals as set forth in the bible, Matt 16:26? For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Martin Luther King knew what it meant
One good way to get prisoners to feel like they are people that matter is to offer them a fair wage for their work. Is it not written in the Good Book that the work man is worthy of his wage? As the prisoner works for his wage he will feel what all men feel when they earn their wage- they have value! Surely it is thus a, “giant leap” in their rehabilitation/reintegration back into society…
The 13th Amendment:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The 13th Amendment did NOT abolish slavery. It made it illegal for anyone BUT the State to own slaves. The 13th Amendment “Exception Clause” enslaves anyone convicted of a crime, making The State their Master.
Congress allocates money (by “appropriate legislation”) to the Private Prisons to run the Slave Labor Camps where convicts work for little or no money to provide services to The State (firefighting, for instance) or manufacturing products for the Military or for Private Corporations.
OUR CONSTITUTION LEGALIZES SLAVERY
It is (way past) time we repeal the Exception Clause in the 13th Amendment. It is the driving force behind Mass Incarcaration and the Private Prison Industry.
When it comes to caring for its most vulnerable citizens, Florida is as bad as it gets. Abolish private prisons, establish a minimum wage for prisoners, release all prisoners who are in for drug crimes and guarantee social assistance or a decent paying job for any inmate released. None of this will happen of course as long as Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans run the State.
Time to drag out this aphorism once again…
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
Florida’s Republican Governor is not paying inmates in order to demean them and totally disrespect them.
This is one of the most key reasons that there is a very high recidivism rate amongst prison inmates once they are released.
Many European countries treat their inmates with basic human respect which gives the prisoner a sense of worth among other things.
This country’s prison system is run in order to make money. The prisoners be damned.
Hello Julia Conley and Everyone, Florida one of the premier shithole states in a shithole nation! They are doing their best to bring back the Ole South with plantations everywehre and happy slaves singing them spirituals!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZrmp9tXGb0
Very good points which we really need to ponder.
Yes. It has a history and it ain’t pretty.
To everyone who cares about this injustice: The best way to get the attention of Florida lawmakers is an organized, vocal boycott of Florida products, especially Tourism.
You are absolutely right. The problem is that too many of our “leaders”, and those who elect them, don’t really care about rehabilitation/reintegration. They think harsher punishment is the best approach. When that fails (predictably) , their preference is to “double down” on the Punitive Approach.