In a given year, some 3,500 unpaid prisoners make up Florida’s shadow economy. A Florida Times-Union investigation into state prison labor uncovered a troubling portrait reminiscent of a century-old practice.
THREAD: Florida prison labor dates back to the days of emancipation. Some things hardly change. Teams of incarcerated men — disproportionately black — have long been used to prop up Florida's rural economies. Our findings so far
"Florida is one of only a handful of states that use unpaid inmate labor. All of them are Southern and have disproportionately black prison populations."