Should the federal government force privately run prisons to pay minimum wage to prison laborers?

Asked by: missmedic
  • When you take away a persons freedom, and force them to work, it is called slavery

    Incarcerated persons lack a constitutional right to be free of forced servitude. Further, this forced labor is not checked by many of the protections enjoyed by workers laboring in the exact same jobs on the other side of the 20-foot barbed-wire electric fence. No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population.There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced from speaking out and forced to work for little to no wages. This marginalization renders them practically invisible, as they are kept hidden from society with no available recourse to improve their circumstances or change their plight.
    They are the 2.3 million American prisoners locked behind bars where we cannot see or hear them. And they are modern-day slaves of the 21st century.

  • The integrity of the free market extends to private prisons.

    Private prisons do not take away the freedom of an individual. An individual must commit a crime in order to be in the predicament where one would face jailtime, and thus the impetus of having ones freedoms taken away from them is entirely upon the offender whom has committed the crime. Many private prisons do not rely on prison labor, but those who do should be largely free from federal regulation on payment. America should be an ideal total meritocracy; your actions are entirely related to your status and position. Everyone in America should be able to be successful if they dedicate and devote their lives to their trade or craft. Such creates a sense of deserving and appreciation for what one has worked for, but this also works in the reverse. Those whom are poor, those whom are downtrodden or imprisoned should only be so because of their contemptibly poor choices and bad behaviour, and as such deserve their current state of existence. Whether it be outright poverty or imprisonment, prisoners do not retain the same rights as those who follow the rules and behave themselves rather than acting as animals do.

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