The Labor Act Of 1929 Essay

734 Words Dec 15th, 2015 3 Pages
Mulch explained how there was an attempt to end the working conditions of people in jail because of the dangers they faced. Mulch explained, “Congress enacted the Hawes-Cooper Convict Labor Act of 1929, which allowed states to prohibit the importation of convict-manufactured, interstate goods. However, this was changed and President Nixon and dramatically when Regan was in office. President Regan further developed the agenda of making more money for the rich by using the War on Drugs. This caused incarceration rates to increase as well as the profit of privatized prisons, due to longer prison sentences. Nothing has changed since. No one has been able to change the system so that people aren’t arrested for minor misdemeanors in order to make the rich richer. As explained by Mulch, the abuse of mass incarceration shows no signs of slowing down. According to Mulch, “In the last 15 years, state spending on corrections grew more than 350 percent—compared to 250 percent growth for spending on public welfare and 140 percent growth for spending on education” (Mulch). Soon most of the U.S population will be behind bars, as long as there is no change in the system corporations will continue to thrive off the slave labor of the working class. In addition, the prison that are built are sold as “economic development projects,” which shows how prison is thought of as factory or sweatshop instead of a place meant to punish those who have committed horrible crimes, such as killing,…

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