Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has a suggestion for our men and women in (orange) uniform: help President-elect Donald Trump build his much-talked-about wall along the Mexican border. In fact, Hodgson went as far as to say he “can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall.” Ethical considerations notwithstanding, it’s worth asking whether Hodgson’s proposal is legal.
A History of Prison Labor
Right or wrong, the idea of requiring prison inmates to participate in the American workforce is hardly new. According to Reuters, the U.S. federal prison system manages at least 53 factories around the country. In the last fiscal year alone, our nation’s prison population produced a half a billion dollars worth of clothing, electronics and other products. ACLU staff counsel Laura Rotolo believes that mandating prison labor poses significant risks to the constitutional rights of those behind bars, telling Reuters that “[Hodgson’s] proposal is perverse, it’s inhumane and very likely unconstitutional.”
Protecting Your Freedom
Regardless of whether the incoming administration heeds Hodgson’s advice, Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law will continue to fight diligently on behalf of those facing criminal charges in Amherst and throughout the state of Massachusetts. Call (413) 256-6234 today to learn more about our esteemed criminal defenseservices.