Claim: The 13th amendment is unproductive because law abiding citizens are monetarily funding a prison workforce that does not benefit the public good.
Marc Santora, a reporter from the New York Times, reported that the average cost to feed, house, and guard an inmate accumulates to around $31, 286. In the state of New York, that amount is $60,000 because “The inmate-to-staff ratio probably hovers around two prisoners for every guard (cite).” When the average cost is multiplied by the amount prisoners in the system, it totals up to $66 billion.
A taxpaying citizen contributes money to the government with the expectation of receiving a better community in return. Reallocating the taxpayers’ money into the prison system is absurdly and unreasonably …show more content…
By directing more money into the prison industry, the state is teaching and funding the notion that in our society it is acceptable to value the reduction of “crime” by enslaving inmates than it is to support a child’s education, creativity, and future.
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Additionally, the community’s tax dollars used to support the enslaved workforce are not being spent to improve the same community in which they are living in. Corporations exploit this workforce to create products are then sold back to the taxpayers. McDonald’s uses prison labor to process the beef for hamburgers which when consumed heavily can damage the society’s health. Victoria’s secret hires prisoners to sew their products that coerce the society into believing that they can only be accepted if they resemble a certain body type.
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By and large, the 13th amendment does not work because the American public is forced into economically supporting the enslaved prisoner workforce that manufactures products that can be disadvantageous to our collective