As inflation rises, incarcerated people are paid less than 63 cents per hour for labor

In Politics by Michael Rae

Americans have felt the pain of inflation over the past year. According to the most recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices were up 7.7% in October compared to the same time in 2021. One frequently overlooked group has particularly struggled under the weight of growing inflation: the incarcerated population.  

The New York Times recently published a guest essay by Patrick Irving, a maximum security prisoner in a facility just south of Boise, Idaho, who writes that prices at the commissary, an internal store where inmates can buy a limited range of personal items, in Irving’s facility rose