SNAP funding for 38 million Americans is fully covered by the federal government, but individual states are responsible for administering the program – and many may not be able through February.
Depending how you look at it, our country's prison system is either a raging success – helping line the pockets of prison investors and those gaining from cheap prison labor – or a total failure.
Wages for incarcerated workers are typically cents per hour, and several states—Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina—use prisoner labor without paying them at all.
While past prison strikes haven’t always gained much attention, this action – focusing on ending indentured, low-paid work by prisoners – is yielding different results.
Last month, inmates across the country embarked on what organizers have called the largest prison strike in U.S. history, an ambitious mass protest against prison labor and inhumane prison conditions.