Ah, capitalism.  Maximize profit, minimize costs.  The search for cheap labor never ends.  But a war on drugs to capture free or below minimum wage inmate labor?  This seems to be what we are doing…And we should ask ourselves…given the pervasive racism  of the prison system…have we just gone from open slavery to drug crime indenture-overwhelmingly for African Americans?  Have we merely created a situation where we can justify slavery because we imagine slaves deserve their fate?  I wonder this each time I drive by a road crew….or when I read that BP was using prison labor to clean up the oil spill….or see advertisements for inmate labor pitched to business on local sheriff websites….

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