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Prison labor news and analysis from The Nation
May 24, 2021
How New York State Let Covid-19 Run Rampant in Prisons
First, the state failed to protect people in prison from the virus. Then, it obscured the full scope of the crisis, advocates charge.
June 17, 2020
Incarcerated, Infected, and Ignored: Inside an Arkansas Prison Outbreak
Inmates say guards treated them like “lepers” as Covid-19 tore through the penitentiary.
August 23, 2018
Prison Labor on the ‘Kill Line’
Prisoners are being used to staff dangerous poultry-factory work—and are being injured, or worse.
August 21, 2018
Why Prisoners Are Going On Strike Today
Prisoners are striking to end prison slavery, poor living conditions, and death by incarceration.
May 11, 2017
Rick Perlstein: What We Didn’t Understand About Trump
Plus Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on redefining money and Heather Ann Thompson on Attica.
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May 8, 2017
The Prisoner Firefighters Battling California’s Wildfires
Three clips from a new film exploring the seemingly ordinary landscapes touched by our prison system.
November 8, 2016
5 Books You Need to Understand the Origins of Incarceration
October 14, 2016
At Least 24,000 Inmates Have Staged Coordinated Protests in the Past Month. Why Have You Not Heard of Their Actions?
Hunger strikes, labor strikes, and other actions have hit at least 29 prisons in at least 12 states.
September 28, 2016
The Military Logic of Punishing Chelsea Manning’s Suicide Attempt
The state’s control over the body is paramount.
September 7, 2016
This Week May See the Largest Prison Strike in US History
Across 24 states, inmates are sick of poisoned water, solitary confinement, and forced labor.