How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

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 If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into the 21st century. Not surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a broader and broader definition of “crime” in the last 150 years. As a result, there … MORE

Tim Robbins Has Prison Drama Class That Cuts Recidivism in Half

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Actor Tim Robbins has dramatically cut repeat offender rates for prisoners who take his acting class behind bars. Six out of every 10 inmates in California will commit another crime and return to prison within three years of their release. Robbins’ program has cut that rate in half. The reason is because the drama workshops give prisoners a way to express their emotions. It was created by The Actors’ Gang — a theater production and … MORE

Raymond Santana Served Twelve Years for A Crime He Didn’t Commit

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On December 19, 2002, on the recommendation of the Manhattan District Attorney, the convictions of the five men were overturned. Raymond Santana served twelve years for a crime he did not commit. The investigation of the convictions of these five teenagers has raised questions regarding police coercion and false confessions, as well as, the vulnerability of juveniles during police interrogations. On the night of April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old jogger was brutally attacked and raped … MORE