Prisons, jails, immigrant detention centers. We know them as places of unfreedom, but we don’t often think about them as places of work. Yet compulsory labor is a key part of incarceration in this country. Sociologist Erin Hatton discusses the state of coerced work in prisons, the lack of worker protections, and how work has been used as a way of dampening prisoner activism.
Erin Hatton (ed.), Labor and Punishment: Work in and out of Prison UC Press, 2021