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Inmate Labor Essay

854 words - 4 pages

The utilization of prison labor for the purpose of clearing urban blight and renovating abandoned homes in Detroit would be cost effective and could rapidly change the face of Detroit for the better. However there are those that would undoubtedly oppose the use of inmate workers no matter how noble the cause. But who could be against the the demolition of dilapidated structures that cover Detroit’s neighborhoods? Who would oppose the use of inmate workers in helping to turn around this once great city? I shall explore the opposition to the use of prisoner labor in general and shall explore possible local stakeholders that may oppose the use of a inmate work force in Detroit as well. I ...view middle of the document...

(www. Michigan.gov)” So the inmates are able to assist needy families while also learning valuable skills in construction they can easily utilize once they are free from incarceration. This is not slavery but quite the opposite the state and the inmates are making the most of a an unfavorable situation. If these inmates were left in there cells it is true they would work less. But I find it difficult to believe that most would rather be behind bars instead of out in the community assisting people from the very communities they once belonged to.
According to the National Institute of Corrections “. jails and communities must jointly own and address the issue of local reentry (of offenders) (NIC TJC, 2008)”. Inmates that invest there time in bettering there community are more likely to be more accepted back into that community and more likely to strive to find employment
Slavery?
So does utilizing inmate labor to assist in the destruction and or building of new homes in Detroit amount to slavery ? Simply put the answer is' no' The 13 th amendment of the Constitution states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
So if the law of the land allows this why is prison labor not being used more widely in cash strapped Detroit and in other cities near or in bankruptcy? Besides the Civil rights advocates, the politician...

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