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Prison labor news and analysis from The Nation
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.
July 11, 2016
The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.
The Industrial Workers of the World is calling for a nationwide prison strike in September.
April 21, 2016
The 1988 Seoul Olympics Were a Horror Show of Human Rights Abuses. Will Rio Be the Same?
Brazil’s latest political turmoil doesn’t bode well for the 2016 Games in Rio.
November 20, 2015
How Prison Reform Could Turn the Prison-Industrial Complex Into the Treatment-Industrial Complex
The private prison industry is exploiting prison reform efforts by shifting from brick-and-mortar carceral facilities to
outsourced social services
August 17, 2015
Prison Education Reduces Recidivism by Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?
Giving prisoners access to financial aid for college tuition is the first step towards “de-carceration.”
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March 31, 2015
If You Die Poor or Alone in New York City, You’ll Be Buried by Prisoners in a Mass Grave
In New York and other cities, activists are pushing back against the persistence of inequality in death, as in life.
October 14, 2014
‘Evolution of a Criminal’: A Conversation With Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe
Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.
Mychal Denzel Smith
April 19, 2012
Locking Down an American Workforce
Prison labor as the past—and future—of American “free-market” capitalism.
August 1, 2011
The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor
Years after ALEC's Truth In Sentencing bills became the law of the land, its Prison Industries Act has quietly expanded prison labor across the country.
July 21, 2010
BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle
With scores of coastal residents out of work after the spill, BP is hiring inmates to clean up its mess—and getting lucrative tax breaks in the process.
Abe Louise Young