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Monday, December 12, 2022

Southern Justice

Here's a little tale of modern day slavery. I was a little shocked to read this article in the New York Times; Some Prisoners Remain Behind Bars in Louisiana Despite Being Deemed Free -About 200 to 250 inmates are held beyond their legal release dates in any given month, with the average additional time lasting around 44 days in 2019. 

They are keeping prisoners who have served their sentences incarcerated in Louisiana. And they are justifying the detention like this: 

In October 2017, Sheriff Steve Prator of Caddo Parish, which includes Shreveport, told reporters he was concerned that a recent criminal justice effort in the state was bad for parish governments. Not only would it result in higher crime rates among the “bad” former prisoners, but it would also deprive his staff of free labor provided by the “good ones.”“They’re releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchen, to do all that, where we save money,” Sheriff Prator said.

We can't let them go, who will cook and clean and change our oil? Have to love the south.

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