is a Media Justice Fellow at the Center for Media Justice. He has written widely on issues of mass incarceration, labor, and electronic monitoring, as well as authoring Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time (The New Press, 2015).
Some Reflections on Prison LaborBy Ruth Wilson Gilmore and James Kilgore
Ruth Wilson Gilmore: A popular notion in some progressive circles holds that US prisons are a chain of sweatshops and plantations where hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people labor under excruciating conditions to generate profits for transnational companies. Can you shed light on this view?