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Prisoner Workers Are Striking Across America

On the third day of a 19-day nationwide prison strike, in response to a brutal prison brawl that left seven inmates dead earlier this year in South Carolina, solidarity rallies have popped up all over the United States aiming to pressure the criminal justice system.

With the 19-day-long protest where prisoners have conducted both hunger and labor strikes, commissary boycotts and sit-ins in at least 17 states, potentially creating one of the largest such rallies in the history of the United States.

The goal of those protesting is to end what they refer to as “modern-day slavery,” where inmates are paid slave wages in return for their labor. For example, in California, prisoners who are assisting in fighting wildfires and being paid only $2 a day. The average worker, according to Axios makes 63 cents a day.

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