BP (British Petroleum) – When BP spilled 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf coast, the company sent a workforce of almost exclusively African-American inmates to clean up the toxic spill while community members, many of whom were out-of-work fisherman, struggled to make ends meet.BP’s decision to use prisoners instead of hiring displaced workers outraged the Gulf community, but the oil company did nothing to reconcile the situation.You know that -a-pound tilapia you thought you were buying from “sustainable, American family farms? Mc Donald’s – The world’s most successful fast food franchise purchases a plethora of goods manufactured in prisons, including plastic cutlery, containers, and uniforms.” It was raised by prisoners in Colorado, who were paid as little as 74 cents a day. The inmates who sew Mc Donald’s uniforms make even less money by the hour than the people who wear them.According the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, prisoners start their day with a a.m. All prisoners who are physically able are required to report to their work assignments by 6 a.m.“Offenders are not paid for their work, but they can earn privileges as a result of good work habits,” the website says.
Big Business is making big bucks off of prison labor: While prison labor helps produce goods and services for almost every big business in America, here are a few examples from an article that highlights the epidemic: Whole Foods – You ever wonder how Whole Foods can afford to keep their prices so low (sarcasm)?
The party purchasing their labor from the government generally does so at a steep discount from the cost of free labor.
KIM Kardashian, Rihanna and Cara Delevigne are among the high profile celebrities calling for the release of Cyntoia Brown, an American woman who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who trafficked her as a sex worker when she just 16.
Often they come out more indebted than when they went in.
“Prison farms” aka “modern plantations” In places like Texas, however, prison work is mandatory and unpaid – the literal definition of slave labor.