Alabama One Step From Reinstating Slavery
This article describes quite well how Alabama is going about this. Alabama, a few months back, got real scared of all them brown illegals crawling through the tall grass stealing jobs, so Alabama outlawed ‘em and sent their cops through the land, demanding to see everyone’s proof of citizenship.
So, all of Alabama’s migrant workers ran like hell. Even the ones that were there legally. That is wrong on so many levels, but Alabama’s lawmakers only recognize one problem with this: apparently, Alabama’s entire economy depends on picking things, and all the thing-picking jobs were held by Latino migrant workers who are gone now.
So, a bunch of policymakers, bureaucrats and genial Southern land-owners got together, and now they’re trying to hash out a plan whereby Alabama’s prison population will be put to work on private farms.
Private farms, for profit. This is worlds different than roadside clean-up, or prison farms, or stamping license plates. This is not public work for the public good, this is a new animal: Alabama is about to start taking its inmates and loaning them for a fee to private companies and businessmen. “Loaning for a fee” is a lot like “leasing”.
Alabama, good old Suthin-land-o-goshin, is about to start taking its (primarily black) prison population and auctioning them off to plantation owners. Really.