Slavery didn’t end, you’re right. It didn’t end in this country either. It exists in our prison system and well would you look at the prison population.
There is ZERO comparison between slavery and prison labor. You belittle the victims of slavery — their suffering — with such talk.
Secondly, statistics are useless. Nobody in their right mind is claiming that everybody in prison is innocent, regardless of color. What I’m saying here is that the rule (as opposed to the exception) is that all those people in prison that you’re crying over are quite guilty.
They are guilty.
If other people are just as guilty of equally as serious crimes, and they are not in prison, then justice would be served by placing those other people behind bars, not by letting anyone out and not by making anyone’s stay in prison more pleasant.
Finally, they can’t pay prisoners. They just can’t. For one it’s prison, for crying out loud! It is a community made up entirely of crooks. You want to float a lot of cash around in their? One of the greatest motives for crime ever? One of the biggest reasons for robbery & murder and you want to supply it in our prisons?
Secondly, you’d just be funding drugs. There’s already a high demand for drugs in prisons, paying prisoners even minimum wage would multiple the demand.
Thirdly, it costs money to lock up prisoners. It costs more money to lock them up than they can earn in any prison labor job. On average it costs more than $23,000 per prisoner, per year! I’ve got news for you: That’s more than minimum wage! You’d have to pay them more than $11/hour just get them to cover their own cost, and pay them even more in order for them to have anything left over for themselves. This is stupid.
Finally, it’s good for them. They work in prison: They get up every morning, they go to their jobs and return to their cells at night. Better than training, they get a habit. The people who are in prison form the habit of getting up & going to work for the day. This is a very good thing. It’s something that will help them on the outside more so than any “Skill” — get up, go to work.
I agree that our prisons are a pit, I agree that our entire criminal “Justice” system is in need of a major overhaul, but it’s just not true that a significant portion of our prisoners are innocent victims — not even a significant portion of racial minorities. They’re all guilty, and there’s no unjust in locking them up.
Again, justice is NOT served by letting the guilty out, regardless of color and how many guilty are not in. Justice is served by locking up the guilty who are free.