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The hidden side of the prison labor economy

Jun 17, 2021
Prison work programs can be selective and often train people for jobs they can't actually get on the outside, according to law professor Hadar Aviram.
Firefighting is just one of the jobs done by people who are incarcerated. The chances they will get hired as firefighters after they get out of prison are low.
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How America's economy is embroiled in its multibillion-dollar prison industry

Jun 17, 2021
"The Prison in Twelve Landscapes" director Brett Story on the economic consequences of mass incarceration.
“The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” features Nahshon Thomas, a formerly incarcerated man who teaches chess in Washington Square Park. Filmmaker Brett Story said she wanted to address how prison affects everyday life, like the employment prospects of people with criminal records.
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Money makes all the difference in prison

May 23, 2019
It can't buy freedom, but it bought one inmate some life-improving phone calls.
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Montana inmates learn job and life skills while raising cattle on prison ranch

Feb 7, 2018
But food coming from a prison isn't necessarily a selling point.
An inmate attaches milkers to cows' teats.
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At this factory, the workforce is paid in pennies

Oct 2, 2015
Does prison labor represent unfair competition for private industry?

Ever wonder who makes those big highway signs?

Sep 22, 2015
The people who do may never get a chance to actually see them in use.