Forced Labor in Alabama

May 5, 2024

...Six inmates at Alabama prisons are alleging the state violated Alabama’s constitution by forcing them to work against their will, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

Alabama voters approved a ballot measure in 2022 that prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude as punishments for crimes, joining other states after prison reform activists claimed the move was long overdue. The suit comes less than a year after 10 current and former prisoners filed a federal lawsuit against the state...

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May 5, 2024