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| Wednesday July 28, 2021

Companies say there’s a labor shortage. Prisoners are their solution.

Companies across the United States are increasingly turning to prison labor programs as a source of cheap labor to address perceived labor shortages. Yet worker advocates point to exploitation inherent in prison labor programs — not only do they pay far lower, these same companies rarely hire people after they have been released from prison because they have criminal records. At a recent sanitation, waste, and recycling industry meeting, executives

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