Slaving in Prison: A Three-Part Indictment

D. Shawnna and Edaleen Smith

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Slaving in Prison: A Three-Part Indictment

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This chapter presents three excerpts from a prisoners' newspaper, The Fire Inside, a publication of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. The articles lay out a critique of labor conditions inside the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla. The first article focuses on prison labor as a form of slavery in the new millennium, the second on prison labor hierarchy, and the third on prison labor at the Prison Industry Authority, the state agency operating California's prison industries.

Keywords: California; The Fire Inside; California Coalition for Women Prisoners; Central California Women’s Facility; slavery; prison labor; Prison Industry Authority; prison industries

Chapter.  1917 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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