Even the American Correctional Association, the country's largest trade organization for prisons and jails, this year passed a resolution urging the repeal of the amendment's "exclusion clause," which allows for such labor.
Joseph Sister Helen Prejean: "I remember thinking clearly, really clearly, 'The people are never going to get close to this. It's a secret ritual. I've been brought in as a witness, so I've got to tell a story.
From left, Carl Snyder, Dyjuan Tatro and Carlos Polanco, inmates and members of the Bard Prison Initiative Debate team, embrace after winning the debate against the Harvard College Debating Union at the Eastern New York Correctional facility.
AM -- An exterior view of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma on the day of Richard Glossip's execution. Photo by Shane Bevel/The Frontier
Acting workshops hoping to reduce re-offending in California prisons
‘Eight and the gate’ is a corrections officer’s unofficial motto, but the hyper-vigilance of the job and the episodes of inmate violence take an extremely high toll. ‘We’re doing time too, we’re just getting paid for it’