• Rachel Brookhart

    Helping inmates earn (and save) money while they are in prison, might be a huge step in decreasing the rates of recidivism. When these prisoners get out of jail they need to find places to live and work, which is difficult with a record. Having some savings might give them the cushion they need to get them out of the cycle of crime.

    As for “should they make a living wage” – yes. Everyone should. I’m not sure what’s so difficult about that concept. And I’m not sure why people think it’s ok to treat prisoners as “less than” just because they are in jail. Yes, they committed a crime, but they are already being punished for that and treating them like dirt isn’t going to help rehabilitation.

  • Eugene Priester, III/ Abdul Muhaymin

    I would like to speak with Mr. Hasan about adding more depth to his article. I have not too long ago been released from Federal prison and there is a good deal I believe that he can add to his article in addition to considering regarding some questions and issues that he raised.
    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from him or you soon. 912-308-3712

  • Diana Robinson

    Rachel hit the nail on the head. Upon release some prisoners are on parole, and will be told where they may or may not live, and others have “maxed out” and are not on parole. Either way they have to find somewhere to live, and often it is not able to be with their families, for a variety of reasons. Many end up in shelters that are humiliating in their conditions, and put them in close contact with others who are also on parole, and with whom they should not be socializing. by terms of their parole. And from all this they have to wait through the delays involved in getting on welfare, try to find work, and in the meantime live somewhere. Or they may be forbidden by parole from getting work until they have been through certain mandated programs – mental health, addiction, anger management, etc. Obviously they need some way to support themselves. If they have saved some money they can at least buy toothpaste – which could make the difference between a good impression at a job interview and not.

    The issue is how much they should earn AFTER calculating that they do not have to pay for food and lodging while in prison.

  • Benjamin de Menil

    The article mentions a $4 / day wage for prison workers shoveling out Boston’s T stations and then states that $3-$4/hr is a higher than normal wage for prisoners. which is it? $4/day or $4/hr?