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Alabama Is Denying Prisoners Parole to Lease Their Labor to Meatpackers, McDonalds

By Kim Kelly / In These Times Working in the freezer at Southeastern Meats, a meatpacking facility based in Birmingham, Ala., ​“was the worst job I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Lakiera Walker tells In These Times. Her 12-hour shifts were spent inside a refrigerated building as cold as 30 or 40 degrees, and she had to beg or borrow warm clothes from […]

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The Slow Death of a Prison Profiteer: How Activism Brought Securus to the Brink

Photo: Rodnae Productions | Pexels By Dana Floberg and Morgan Duckett / The Appeal Last week, the nation’s largest prison and jail telecom corporation, Securus, effectively defaulted on more than a billion dollars of debt. After decades of preying on incarcerated people and their loved ones with exploitative call rates and other predatory practices that have […]