Chris Hedges: Prison State America: Corporations Use Inmates Like Slaves

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RT America on Jan 14, 2015

For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Inmates work eight hours per day for major corporations such as Chevron, Motorola, Nordstrom’s and Target, yet only have the possibility of making up [to] $1.25 an hour. In addition, companies that provide services like phone calls overcharge prisoners on even the most basic services, making hundreds of millions in profits annually. RT’s Ben Swann speaks to Hedges, who explains how this shadowy system came into existence.

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Chris Hedges: How Prisons Ripoff and Exploit the Incarcerated, Part 1

Chris Hedges: How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated, Part 2

Chris Hedges on Roots of Terrorism, Free Speech Hypocrisy and Translating #JeSuisCharlie + Rage of the Dispossessed

Rev. Chris Hedges: The Cancer of Mass Incarceration

Prison labor booms in US as low-cost inmates bring billions

Why Mass Incarceration Defines Us As a Society by Chris Hedges

13 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Prison State America: Corporations Use Inmates Like Slaves

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  11. Such a completely unacceptable state of affairs. Prisoners should make at least the minimum wage if they are in fact employed by corporations. One wonders how much per man hour the private corrections companies are profiting, besides the slave labor profits gained by the corporations who’ve decided to participate in this enraging scheme. This information needs to become widely known so as to force actions which end such a despicable, completely unjust situation.

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