'Steve Prator, a Louisiana sheriff, unintentionally admitted that prison is the new slavery during a press conference earlier this week. The Caddo Parish official lamented that nonviolent offenders are being released from jails because the prison “can work” those inmates for free or next to nothing, saving money and profiting off their labor. In a video clip tweeted by writer Shaun King, Prator lays out his despicable defense:
“The [prisoners] that you can work, the ones that can pick up trash, the work release programs — but guess what? Those are the ones that they’re releasing!” the sheriff states, apparently oblivious to the truth he’s speaking. “In addition to the bad ones…they’re releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change the oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchen, to do all that where we save money. Well, they’re going to let them out!”
Prator was railing against the Justice Reinvestment Act, signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards in June, which will release thousands of nonviolent felony offenders from across the state. Local outlet KSLA reports that roughly 200 of those to be freed will come from Prator’s district. The law goes into effect November 1, and it's expected that additional releases will be made.'
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