What are seven reasons why prisoners should be allowed to earn minimum wage?

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Prisoners in many states currently have the ability for work for far less than minimum wage. A few years ago in Boston, inmates worked through a blizzard to dig out train stations and were paid between $3 and $4 per day. It’s immoral to allow humans to provide this type...

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Prisoners in many states currently have the ability for work for far less than minimum wage. A few years ago in Boston, inmates worked through a blizzard to dig out train stations and were paid between $3 and $4 per day. It’s immoral to allow humans to provide this type of labor for less than $1 per hour.

Allowing inmates to earn a minimum wage would be beneficial for society because during their time behind bars, inmates would be able to create significant savings which would help them back on their feet once outside.

This would decrease recidivism because with savings, inmates are less likely to turn to a life of crime once free.

Earning a minimum wage helps prisoners take pride in their work and offer a path forward once released.

When inmates work for less than minimum wage, they are more likely to depend on welfare policies once released.

With significant savings, inmates would be able to fiscally contribute to society through paying taxes, which is also a positive step in living a fair and legal life.

With significant savings, inmates are more likely able to provide restitution and child support payments to aid those outside of prison. Not being able to provide money to children through child support payment or otherwise could increase the likelihood those children turn to crime to earn money.

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