Washington Post: American Prison Factories Becoming Incubators for Coronavirus
Date:  04-24-2020

Despite warnings from health experts, incarcerated people are being sent to work on prison production lines and in prison factories
From The Washington Post:

Every morning around 7 a.m., a group of three dozen inmates begin their contribution to the fight against the novel coronavirus: bottling citrus-scented hand sanitizer at the Albion Correctional Facility, a medium-security women’s prison in New York state. For seven hours inside a locked compound, they fill bottles and label them for distribution to emergency responders, hospital staff and government workers.

They don’t get to use the sanitizer, the women say, only make it. They say they don’t wear masks even though they sit across from one another, face to face. They’ve been told that if a spark were to ignite, the high alcohol content of the sanitizer would lead to a fast, deadly fire. They say they fear that by making products to help other people be safer, they are more likely to get sick themselves.

“We are given no choice. If we refuse to come into the factory, we are threatened with disciplinary action,” said Sandra Brown, one of five women who described being compelled to work on the production line for $4 a day. “We do not have masks, nor do the staff or visitors. It’s as if our lives don’t matter.” Continue reading >>>