Notes: To Ponder the 13th amendment and our prisons system

To Ponder: 13th amendment and our prison system

Our prison system is estimated to be worth 74 billion dollars, USA is ranked #1 in the World, and  imagine all the jobs that would be lost if there were less prisoners; officers, lawyers/attorneys, judges, D.A’s, guards, nurses, dentists, psychologists, assistants of all sorts etc etc. There are so many people that benefit off the prison system. The 13th amendment states that all persons are free unless they are in prisoned. The Average of the minimum wages for prisoners paid by the states, in dollars per day for non-industry work, is $0.93 a day. Via the FBI stats “Of all adults arrested in 2012, 69.7 were white, 27.6 percent were black, and 2.7 percent were of other races. White individuals were arrested more often for violent crimes than individuals of any other race, accounting for 58.7 percent of those arrests.” These are arrests not convictions but blacks make up 60% of prison population. For our youth, “Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).” We make up 13% of the population. Seems like prison is a big business.


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