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September 9, 2016 Prison Labor Strike: Labor & Incarceration

A guide to help with researching and provide information regarding the national prison labor strike that took place starting September 9, 2016

Articles

Modern-Day Slavery in America's Prison Workforce by Beth Schwartzapfel
Beth Schwartzapfel won the Sidney Award for outstanding journalism for this article that explores working while incarcerated. This article not only covers the workers but what the lack of income means for the families they have left behind.

 

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
While people who are incarcerated are paid nothing or next to nothing, there are people who work in prisons that are paid - Corrections Officers. The author went to work as a guard in a private prison. He was paid $9/hour and received little training.

Documentaries

13th Directed by Ava DuVernay, looks at the 13th amendment and dissects how mass incarceration is the new slavery. Available from Netflix, it does require a subscription. Netflix has made this documentary free to stream in schools.

Angola for Life: Rehabilitation and Reform Inside the Louisiana State Penitentiarya documentary by Atlantic highlights the changes that have happened in Angola Prison under the new warden while also exposing how labor while incarcerated can look like slavery.