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Pre-Trial Slave Sues Jail for $11 Million—in Vermont
The year was December 2008, and University of Vermont graduate student Finbar McGarry faced a dilemma. An inmate in a Vermont county jail, McGarry was required by correctional authorities to work in the jail laundromat for 25 cents per hour. If he refused to work, McGarry would have been thrown in solitary confinement—otherwise known as “the hole.” Not a pleasant alternative.
There’s plenty of legal and historical precedent for putting convicts to hard work in America. Angola prison in Louisiana is perhaps America’s most notorious work farm—where not only do the inmates farm their own food, they make the prison boatloads of money by putting on an annual rodeo.
The iconographic chain gang lingers in our consciousness, thanks to films like Cool Hand Luke.
Here’s the catch: Paul Newman’s Luke, anti-heroic as he may have been, was a convicted thief. He had a definitive sentence, as do most real-life convicts condemned to hard labor in America.
Originally posted by lobotomizemecapin
reply to post by benrl
I agree but the article is about people that have not been convicted being forced into servitude. Many people get arrested but arent able to pay bail while awaiting trial but are being forced to work whether they are guilty or not
“Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal - that there is no human relationship between master and slave.”
- Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi
Originally posted by JBRiddle
You need to read you history more. We did end involuntary slavery, aka buying people who where enslave against their will and sold for profit. However we did not end slavery as a form of punishment.
So since the guy was in prison its legal since its considered punishment.