Inmates across the US refused to provide prison labor during the largest strike of its kind in the US.
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What Can We Learn From the Largest Prison Strike in US History?

This past August, inmates in 17 U.S. states went on strike by refusing to eat or work. That meant no prison labor to help feed the pockets of the various DOCs. And, there are lessons to be learned from what ended up being the largest prison strike in the history of America. These 2018 prison Read More…

Private Firefighters Fighting the Woolsey Fire in Malibu (NOT THE FOREST)
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California’s Wildfire Fighters: The Lions, Tigers & Prisoners

As both Northern and Southern California continue to burn from wildfires, there are three groups of men and women risking their lives to contain them. California is literally under fire… from the North to the South. These two horrific wildfires have already completely burned about 400 square miles and taken 84 lives. The California Department Read More…

Angola Prison: Arkansas uses FORCED, unpaid labor to thrive.
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US Inmates Strike for Fair Wages: Authorities Downplay Nationwide Impact

Who can we actually count on when it comes to prison reform? Congress just doesn’t seem to get it. All federal efforts to make changes toward reform continuously fail. And, the states don’t seem to want to act fast enough, coming up with one excuse after the next for getting things going. However, there is Read More…

A group of California inmate hand crew firefighters camped outside of a fire in 2006.
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California Exploits Prisoners Sent to Fight Wildfires for $2 a Day

California uses prison inmates to fight its raging wildfires. They exploit their incarcerated status by only paying them $2 per day.   For only $2 per day, 3,400 prison inmates in California have been deployed to fight the wildfires. The inmates who are fighting fires include 58 juvenile offenders. They are all working alongside an Read More…

A group of prisoners being sent away in a truck to fight fires.
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California’s Use of Prisoners to Fight Wildfires Is Comparable to Slave Labor

California pays prison inmates volunteering to fight wildfires $2 per day. Regular firefighters are paid up to $16.50 per hour. This is slave labor.   California depends on volunteer prison inmates to fight its frequent wildfires. This is not a new practice. The state has used prison labor since the World War II. Roughly 3,400 Read More…