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Running head: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
It is widely thought that slavery is outlawed but in reality that is not the case. Prisoners
are the modern day slaves. Duly convicted prisoners carry out involuntary services where they
do a lot of work without pay. There are past instances where prisoners would be leased out to
some private contractors where they offer services and this would be without pay. A court case
by a Virginia supreme court, Ruffin v. Commonwealth, remarked that the prisoners are slaves of
the state because in the bid of making prisons self-reliant they produced goods that were sold and
the returns sent to the state without benefiting them directly.
Many corporates turn into prisoners because they are considered to constitute a source of
cheap manpower. Prisoners in the United States carry out a wide range of services and products
that are later sold in supermarkets. The proceeds from these products do not benefit the prisoners
directly but go to the state. There are instances where prisoners work under hazardous conditions
by being subjected to dangerous working conditions like getting e...