May 22, 2024
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WORK #10 – Prison Labour Industrial Complex
Not only do Canadian prisoners work for for-profit businesses, but they’re sometimes doing the most dangerous and nauseating work around
Arshy Mann
Host & Producer
Jordan Cornish
Producer
Noor Azrieh
Producer
Karyn Pugliese
Editor-in-Chief

Prison labour is largely invisible in Canada. Most prisoners who work do institutional upkeep, the kind of cleaning, cooking and maintenance that’s required to keep a prison running.

But then there are prison industries. Not only do Canadian prisoners work for for-profit businesses, but they’re sometimes doing the most dangerous and nauseating work around. 

 

Featured in this episode: Calvin Neufeld

 

To learn more:

Bloody Bad Business: Report on the Joyceville Institution Abattoir

“Prison farm supporter worries new Kingston farms may exploit prison labour” by Jonna Semple in Global News

 

Credits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

 

Additional music from Audio Network

 

Sponsors: Douglas, Pod Save The World 

 

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