In Case of Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak, New York Plans To Use Prison Labor to Dig Mass Graves

“The city has plans to send corpses to Hart Island in the Long Island Sound where, in the late 19th century, yellow-fever patients were quarantined. Prisoners from Rikers Island would be ferried over to do the digging.”

Coronavirus Dead

Two dozen new cases of Covid-19, a deadly strain of novel coronavirus, were detected in the United States over the weekend, bringing the total to 42, with 47 more U.S. nationals infected either in China or aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Included in the 42 is New York City’s first case; the patient in question is currently confined to her

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Florida Prison Strike Focuses on Prison Slavery, Fair Treatment

When Florida prisoners say they want an end to prison slavery, they’re not being hyperbolic.

A prison guard on horseback watches inmates return from a farm work detail at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Prisoners in Florida went on a statewide strike on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday this week, after having issued a list of demands in December. Operation PUSH, as the action is called, is scheduled to last for one month. The prisoners are demanding fair wages for the work that the prisoners do; fair pricing for the goods

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Prison Strike Organizer Melvin Ray: ‘International Human Rights Issues’ In Prisons Would Embarrass The US

‘If you’re compassionate about human rights, support what we’re doing,’ says Melvin Ray, an inmate who was placed in a solitary confinement unit in an Alabama prison for organizing with the Free Alabama prison reform movement.

A prison guard on horseback watches inmates return from a farm work detail at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La.

AUSTIN, Texas --- Inmates around the country are demanding an end to inhumane conditions behind bars by participating in a growing wave of work stoppages, strikes, and other forms of activism. A major nationwide strike began on Friday to mark the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riots. Prisoners in 24 states and 40 facilities were expected

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4,000 Prison Inmates Fighting California Wildfires For $2 Per Day

Prisoners often work 24-hour shifts battling raging wildfires. For each day they engage in this dangerous work, they receive two days off their sentences.

California Inmate firefighters

SACRAMENTO, California --- With wildfires blazing throughout the parched Western United States, the state of California has found a novel, though ethically questionable, way to save money on the state’s safety budget: Send state prisoners to work on the frontlines fighting forest fires for $2 per day.“More than 100 wildfires are burning across the

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VIDEO: The Prison State Of America: 5% Of World’s Population But 25% Of World’s Prison Population

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 $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.

A prison guard on horseback watches inmates return from a farm work detail at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La.

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