The state's desperate pleas for firefighters overlooks the fact that institutional barriers are preventing thousands of formerly incarcerated women and people of color with firefighting experience from working as full-time professional firefighters.
Inmates told VICE that they're really just putting a mysterious vendor's existing product in 'NYS Clean' bottles.
"We didn't know about this and we never would have allowed it if we had,” Bloomberg spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement.
Demanding an end to "prison slavery."
Inmates in more than 20 states are refusing to go to jobs in which they're often forced to work for far less than minimum wage — or for no wages at all.
The Alabama prisoners have been coordinating with inmates in Mississippi and Virginia to call for a nationwide prisoner work stoppage in September.
From firefighting to performing as rodeo clowns via puppy training, we look at some of the wildest and most controversial prison labor programs in the US.
Whole Foods is being criticized for selling cheese and fish produced by prison inmates who are paid only a few dollars a week for their work.
Inmates in southeastern Colorado's vast prison complex are working a variety of surprising agricultural jobs, milking goats and cows, planting and harvesting vegetables, farming and filleting fish, and harvesting honey.