The University of Massachusetts Amherst

2019 PEP Fellow, Toussaint Losier, interviewed in The Appeal about misuse of prison labor in Texas

2019 PEP Fellow, Toussaint Losier, was interviewed in a story on The Appeal about a south central region federal prison official's use of prison labor from his Texas facility to do work on his church. The prisoners worked on several church landscaping and repair tasks over several days despite being paid below the Texas minimum wage in extreme heat. Losier explains, this incident is “in line with the abuses of power that take place in almost mundane ways…It sounds like this regional director was basically able to get his church repaired for next to nothing with this prison labor.”