The Return of Commercial Prison Labour

Scherrer, Christoph and Shah, Anil
Date Written:  2017-04-18
Publisher:  The Bullet
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20684

Prisons are seldom mentioned under the rubric of labour market institutions such as temporary work contracts or collective bargaining agreements. Yet, prisons not only employ labour but also cast a shadow on the labour force in or out of work. The early labour movement considered the then prevalent use of prison labour for commercial purposes as unfair competition. By the 1930s, the U.S. labour movement was strong enough to have work for commercial purposes prohibited in prisons.

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