Prison labor borders on slavery, with wages ranging from 16 cents an hour to 93 cents an hour. The lower wages occur in private prisons of course, but this level of exploitation is inexcusable across the board. Prisoners are citizens of the United States; they need to be paid minimum wage. If this is accomplished, it is important that the money actually get into their hands, or at least their bank accounts, rather than paying for medicines, housing, and other services. Wages aren't really wages if they all go to the Company Store.
Please send along any corrections or new information. I am not always up to date on all the laws in all 50 states.
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