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Economic imprisonment

There are many forms of imprisonment, and poverty is one of them. Though some forward-thinking leaders in the justice system have begun to train prisoners in agricultural work skills, and the treatment of criminality through such training in worthwhile work has proven to be temporarily successful, this has not prepared the criminal for the economic independence a living wage (even if it is a "low" wage) provides: the wages in agriculture, and so many industries, are so far beneath the costs of living as to induce poverty, and thereby contribute to criminality - and other public safety and health hazards. 

Employers who do not pay living wages contribute to criminality, and other public safety and public health hazards. At the public's expense.  The good example of employers who do pay living wages, who encourage unionization, and employee control and empowerment, those employers who are our society's truest leaders, taking responsibility for their duty - their good example has been insufficient to inspire emulation.  It is our responsibility to encourage our economic leaders, our business owners and managers, to take responsibility for their duties.

Even a cow kept on sufficient pasture is doomed to slaughter, and desires its freedom.  Why do you permit employers not only in agriculture, but so many industries, to pay insufficient wages, to subsidize their bottom line profit with the public's money through welfare programs, including food stamps, health care coverage, and housing subsidy? 

It is inconsistent to advocate for the benefits of worthwhile work and not require the performance of those whose work lies in the proper payment and management of employees.  Laboring is worthwhile work, but so is management, and stockholding.  And these jobs, too, are worth doing better.