Recognizing Those Who Work While Incarcerated
Date:  09-01-2014

Prisoners are America’s invisible work force
Labor Day was created to recognize the achievements workers made to the prosperity of this country. But there is one group of workers that largely goes unrecognized.

Prisoners labor every day, often for pennies. They cook meals, wash dishes, mop and polish floors, do laundry, shovel snow, paint, do electrical and plumbing work, teach, landscape, and care for the dying in prison hospices, just to name of a few of their assigned jobs. In the federal system they build furniture for government offices, sew uniforms and mail bags, make cables and other items for the military, and manufacture countless other products.

Without prisoner laborers the correctional system would come to a screeching halt.

Today, let’s remember a huge part of this country’s labor force that goes unrecognized-- the millions of incarcerated people in prisons and jails.